222 Photos - Jul 13, 2011
Photo: What Dreams Become - Crater Lake, Oregon

Read the full blog post  including a new star photography tutorial I wrote for +PetaPixel 
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/03/what-dreams-become-crater-lake-oregon.html

The Shot
My buddy +Paul Weeks  and I drove from Seattle last Friday night and arrived at Crater Lake around 3AM. This gave us just enough time to snowshoe out for some predawn and sunrise shots. The next day we ended up hiking a few more miles and camping on on the top of the Watchman Lookout which gives a full view of the lake from above. This time of year at Crater Lake is amazing as there are hardly any people up there. Here is a twilight shot I got on the very first morning.Photo: Spirit Dance - Lost Lake, Oregon

Latest blog post --> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/01/spirit-dance-lost-lake-oregon.html

I made 2 trips to lost lake this past summer. The second attempt was too late in the year for any Milky Way action over Mount Hood, but it did yield some light aurora / air glow color around the horizon. I messed around with the ISO settings as much as I could to capture a bunch of "reflective light" in the water. Usually for star shots without the Milky Way I tend to keep the ISO much lower, but this time a high ISO setting yielded so much more star light in the water.Photo: A Place We Call Home - Alvord Desert, Oregon

If you're interested in learning how I took or post processed this shot head on over to www.LearnStarPhotography.com and grab +Michael Shainblum's and My Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorials!

The Shot
I've recently been going through my shots from this past year and stumbled across the Alvord Desert Album. I almost forgot about these pictures, which is funny since they are some of my favorites from the year.

This particular night the sun set early and the Milky Way was bright by 8PM. I saw some clouds starting to roll in so it was time to get as much shooting done as possible before clouds encompassed the desert. After taking 15 or 20 different night sky compositions there was no longer any view of the stars or even the sky for that matter.

This was one of my favorites from the nite.

Enjoy!Photo: Sounds of the City - San Francisco, CA

Check out a small discussion on web sharpening including some tips and tricks along with an informative video on the latest blog post:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/01/sounds-of-city-san-francisco-ca.html


The Shot
This is one of those iconic locations that everyone seems to have a shot of. Usually I stray away from this sort of location, but once in a while it's fun to give them a run. We had a tricky time getting down there and encountered some signs and warnings along the way, but none the less here is one of the shots I came away with...Photo: Of Time & Space - Big Sur, California

A few months ago while updating some stuff on my website I had an idea... an idea that I thought would make a cool website and change the way people learn about star photography.

When it comes down to it, those of us that want to create pictures or art for that matter shouldn't have to look far and wide to find a way to get started or learn some new and informative tips and tricks. My goal was to create a place for beginners and even well accomplished photographers to come if they wanted to learn more about star and night sky photography or just connect with others that have the same goals in mind.

I know when I started getting into photography it would take me hours to dig through internet articles, tutorials, text, websites and every other option known to man in order to figure out one or two things I wanted to know about photography. Through trial and error eventually I was able to learn enough to produce a picture or two of my liking, but only after wasting a ton of creative energy along the way.

In response to these problems I decided to contact one of my favorite star photographers, +Michael Shainblum and see if he was interested in joining up with me to give everyone the information they were looking for in one easy to find place...

Overall photography, art, or any other creative process should not be so much about finding the information needed to get started, but instead devoting that energy to the creation of something you love and want to share with others.

That being said, Michael and I are excited to announce the launch of www.LearnStarPhotography.com which focuses on night sky & star photography education, tutorials, mentoring and workshops. No matter if you're a beginner, intermediate, or expert looking for advice in the shooting or post processing aspects of star photography we got ya covered!

Now that you no longer have to spend countless hours searching for a few tips and tricks to get started, you can get out there and start creating some awesome stuff on your own!

The Shot
Well with the launch of the new site, I guess it's only fitting to share a new star picture. This was taken in Big Sur California at McWay Falls. At this point I hadn't yet tested out the D800's ability to take long exposures at high ISO settings, so what better time to give it a run? This shot was captured at ISO640 and an exposure time of 628 seconds. Less a few noisy areas in the photo ( Noise reduction took care of almost all of it ) I was highly impressed with the outcome for such a long exposure. For those of you interested in doing it on your own, all the skill sets required are provided on the new website:) Enjoy!Photo: Synesthesia - San Francisco, California

I am excited to announce that this coming Monday January 6th +Michael Shainblum and I will be launching a new star photography website which will solely focus on night Sky & star Photography education, tutorials, mentoring and Workshops.

Michael and I just got done recording a new set of video tutorials that will cover both of our complete star photography workflows and provide a picture for you to work along with us at home. You can buy both video tutorials as a package bundle and get our Lightroom Presets as a Free and added bonus.

These video tutorials include Lightroom and Photoshop skill sets such as RAW file adjustment, digital blending and a full section dedicated entirely to luminosity masking.

Unlike my other star photography tutorials these new tutorials provide entirely new workflow skill sets that I have both created and perfected over the past year and a half.

If you think you might be interested head on over to the link provided below and drop your email in the mailing list.  I'll send you a friendly reminder when the site is launched on Monday!

http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/01/synesthesia-san-francisco-california.html

The Shot
On a recent trip up the California Coast we decided to gun it from Big Sur to San Francisco hoping to catch a nice sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge. Thankfully we did because this sunrise was one of the best I've seen. As we waited for the sun to come up the crescent moon sat right over the top of the bridge and brought some amazing shots in the twilight hours. About 30 minutes before sunrise the sky started to get extremely colorful and that's when I captured this image.Photo: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Lenticulars - Alvord Desert Oregon

Full details and behind the scenes pics on the latest blog post:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/cloudy-with-chance-of-lenticulars.html

There are some awesome shots from the Alvord Desert so this past summer I decided it was time to knock it off the old To Do list. The drive down there is pretty lengthy from Seattle so it seemed best to stay down there for 3-4 days. Needless to say there is absolutely nothing out there and that includes people. For 3 days I sat around, read, drank beer and tried to stay out of the nasty wind storms that constantly bombard the playa. Each night with sunset came along some of the nicest light I've ever witnessed and then... The Milky Way. Alvord Desert is an awesome place that I highly recommend to any photographer or explorer.

The Shot
Up to this point in my life I've never seen a really good lenticular cloud in person.... Well it happened. This one was huge and made Steens Mountain ( 9,722 ft ) look minuscule in comparison. Thankfully this guy stayed around for sunset as well.

Full size on Smugmug:
http://davemorrowphotography.smugmug.com/Bestof/Portfolio/i-dSdKvMDPhoto: Visions of the Arctic - West Fjords, Iceland

Full details and some travel tips from Iceland on the latest blog post:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/visions-of-arctic-west-fjords-iceland.html

The Shot
This is another photo from the vaults, meaning I took it nearly two years ago, a few weeks after I got my D800. It's kinda funny looking through old pictures, especially the camera settings, many of which I would think twice before I shot at these days. This one for example was single RAW file taken at f/22 to get that nice silky water. Well shooting at f/22 really degrades the nice sharp details of the shot. In retrospect I would have liked to snap this off at f/8 for the full landscape then blend that f/22 water back in using Photoshop.

None the less it's a good thing to keep learning and improving. I find that a lot of my pictures that I took even last month are lacking skill sets that I currently use. Hopefully this will continue for a long time.

This shot is from the West Fjords of Iceland. Unlike a lot of the locations which I can't pin point on a map when I get home, this one was very memorable ( location marker in the blog post noted above ). We stopped randomly along the side of the road and strolled down this small stream which took us to the ocean. At these latitudes of 65.6 degrees North, you're nearly in the Arctic Circle. The water almost looks like the warm Caribbean with it's beautiful blue glow, but trust me that stuff is cold!

Camera Settings
Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G @ 24mm/35mm
ISO - 50
Aperture - f/22
Exposure time - 1.3 seconds

Full size on Smugmug
http://davemorrowphotography.smugmug.com/Bestof/Portfolio/i-FsqspPV/A

Enjoy!Photo: Naiad's Ghost - Spirit Falls, Washington

Full post processing workflow for this shot on the latest blog post!
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/naiads-ghost-spirit-falls-washington.html

The Shot
This was another one of those shots that I just couldn't get right. Going back and back again to make more final adjustments it just wasn't happening. After a month of sitting on my computer I opened it up today and decided it was done. For anyone that hasn't been to Spirit Falls yet it seems to be getting much more popular. The location really isn't hard to find, but the hike down can be a bit tricky / dangerous. +TJ Thorne did a nice Behind the Scenes Write up and Video that I looked at before venturing down there on my own. Links for all that good stuff on the blog post mentioned above!

Since I've seen so many pictures coming out of the area, many of them being vertical compositions, I wanted to try the horizontal view. It took some hanging off ledges and setting up my tripod in some strange configurations, but I finally came away with this shot that I snapped off  an hour before sunset as the light painted the trees in color.

Camera Details
Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Aperture - f/8
ISO - 200
Exposure time - 0.2 SecondsPhoto: *Wires - San Francisco, California*
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I play this game once in a while when scouting for new spots to shoot that involves finding random pictures that I like then trying to pin down the exact location where they were taken. Obviously this isn't very hard if you've been to the city or location before, but it becomes much more interesting when the location you're looking for is on the other side of the world. There are obviously lots of clue like time, day, location of the sun, moon or stars, along with other man made clues that you may see in the image. Using Google Maps / World makes this task infinity easier, but at times I think I nailed the location, then show up to the actually spot where I though the picture was snapped and find it to be way off. Needless to say, it always pays off to arrive an hour+ before sunrise or sunset to do some scouting. I always pack a few beers and a book just in case:)

*The Shot*
After a long night of shooting Milky Way / star trails in Big Sur, we decided it was a good idea to drive through the night and catch sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We arrived around 4 AM to get some nice night / blue hour scenes with the moon rising over the bridge. Once the sun started to rise it became apparent that this was going to be an amazing morning. The fog level on the bay was near perfect, and over the next 2 hours I captured some of my favorite shots from the trip. I really wanted to grab some lesser known compositions so I pushed myself to do so through out the morning, grabbing an "iconic" shot here and there for good measure.

Full details on the latest blog post
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/wires-san-francisco-california.htmlPhoto: Flyin' High - Crater Lake Oregon
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

For all of you star photography fanatics out there,  I'll be on the Drink and Click Show with +Lotus Carroll  this coming Wednesday discussing the subject. You will also have a chance to win a free copy of my Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorials & Presets.

Click here for event time and details
http://bit.ly/1gdAC3F

As promised in my last blog post I just updated my Free Star Photography Tutorial to include a section on Star Trails. Of course the Milky Way stuff is still over there as well.

Check out the tutorial here - ->  http://bit.ly/194uJBO

While in Big Sur last week I recorded a bunch of new Behind the Scenes Videos which include tips & tricks you can use while out shooting. I have included the first of these videos below which covers the skills required to get nice dynamic water movement in your landscape photography shots. I shot this on my Google Nexus 5, but just ordered a Go Pro that will assist me in making even more of these videos. I still think the Nexus 5 does pretty damn well @ 1080P so click that option for the best video quality! Don't get scared of my buddy +Paul Weeks  that pops in at the end haha!

Video tutorial included in the latest blog post
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/flyin-high-crater-lake-oregon.html

The Shot
Crater Lake has a bunch of great destinations in which to shoot the Milky Way & it seems that over the years many of the compositions have been exhausted. Looking around online you will find a bunch of pictures of this same tree, but I haven't seen any from this exact angle as of yet:) We arrived here an hour before dawn as the Milky Way was starting to face in the Northern Sky, thankfully there was still enough darkness left to snap off a few shots.

Camera Settings
Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Aperture - f/2.8
ISO - 3200
Exposure Time - 30 Seconds

Enjoy!Photo: Wild World - Cannon Beach, Oregon
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I'm in the process of adding a new Star Trails section to my Free Star Photography Tutorial, which will go live in a day or two. More details on the latest blog post - -> http://bit.ly/1eR2BCD

The Shot
Another morning on Cannon Beach, I thought this one was gonna be a dude, and then.... Thankfully Greg, Conor and I waited a bit after the sun came up and things started to get a bit more interesting. The one nice thing about this place, no matter how many times you go, there is always something different to shoot or explore. The tides seem to play a huge roll in this and constantly changes the visible landscape. On this particular morning I found this rock and the little tide pool that had formed around it. As usual I took a little walk around the thing to get a glance from all angles and tried to nail down an interesting composition. When the light started to get nice and contrasted the clouds and water I started clicking away. If you look closely at the rock on the right you can see a star fish clinging for his life.

In terms of post processing this was mostly carried out in Lightroom, with some final vignette and contrast adjustments in Photoshop & 10 minutes later the photo was done. This is one advantage of shooting away from the sun. A single RAW files easily does the trick:)Photo: Forbidden - Beijing, China
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Full Blog Post including some cool behind the scenes pictures from my recent trip to Big Sur & San Francisco as well as some photographer travel tips--> http://bit.ly/1eQY1VE

The Shot
After living in China for 3 months back in 2010, I was really excited to return with my camera and capture as much as the country as possible in a 10 day time frame. We started out in Beijing and stayed for 3 days getting up for at 4:30AM each morning to make the walk to which ever location we decided to shoot.

The Forbidden City, where this shot was taken, is located about 1.5 miles from our room at the Days Inn. We arrived an hour before sunrise to get some nice blue hour action and plan out the best spot to watch the sun come over the smoggy horizon. Here is one of the shots I took after the sun came up. There were some nice clouds in the sky but I added a bit of texture blending on my own!

Camera Settings
Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @20mm/ 35mm
Aperture - f/8
ISO - 160
Exposure Time - 2.5 Seconds

Full Size Photo on Smugmug
http://davemorrowphotography.smugmug.com/Bestof/Portfolio/i-BHMkMJ6/A

Enjoy!Photo: Silent Witness - The Great Wall of China, Jinshaling
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Some unique thoughts on Photography + Social Media on the latest blog post--> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/11/silent-witness-great-wall-of-china.html

The Shot
From time to time I'll post a picture that's really special to me, this is one of those pictures. I think it's something that happens as a combination of a great trip where you capture the picture and the enjoyment that comes from bringing back those memories while editing the photo on your computer later in time.

Sitting out there on the great wall watching the sun set and the stars appear one by one, it's hard not to think back on the events that happened at the same location 10, 100, or 2000 years ago. When it comes down to it, not much has changed in that exact spot where I stood, even tho the world around it has in more ways than anyone could have ever imagined.  But one day when it's all said and done, those stars, those same stars, they witnessed it all.

Camera Settings
Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Aperture - f/2.8
ISO - 3200
Exposure - 44 seconds

Free Star Photography Tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.htmlPhoto: Nordic Nights - Southern Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Post processing this shot lasted over at least a month. Thinking it was complete I would return a few days later and realize that results were not there yet. Eventually I was thinking about throwing the file out and starting over. Thankfully one last try, and finally, success ( well at least in my eyes ).

None the less, we were out driving for 4 hours during this sunset, and I can hands down say it was the best I have ever seen. Thankfully there are 40 pictures on the computer from this 4 hour span and only 3 have been processed. This is the first to make it online, so hopefully you like it:)

Full details and some cool music apps I like on the latest blog post:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/11/nordic-nights-southern-iceland.html

Camera Settings
Only one exposure was needed to capture this scene.
Camera - Nikon D800
Lens - Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Aperture - f/8
ISO - 100
Exposure Time - 1.3 secondsPhoto: Churn - Cape Kiwanda, Oregon
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Post processing tips, and a workflow video tutorial on the latest blog post:

http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/11/churn-cape-kiwanda-oregon.html

I've been to Cape Kiwanda a few times now, and getting some good shots really depends on if the water is moving around or not This particular night the high tide was coming in and there was some interesting movement along the cliffs.

Camera Settings
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1 second
Aperture: f/8

Full size on Smugmug
http://davemorrowphotography.smugmug.com/Bestof/Portfolio/i-GSdFTKq — at Cape Kiwanda Pacific City OregonPhoto: *Spires - Mount Rainier, Washington*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Full blog post -->
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/11/spires-mount-rainier-washington.html

For a while now I've been planning to hit the California Coast just north of Los Angeles and do some Milky Way stuff. Finally my map is filled with a bunch of good destinations and I'm ready to make the push. We will be starting in Los Angeles and driving up to San Francisco over 5 days. Crossing my fingers for clear skies and good weather. The last blog post had a bunch of Tips on Planning for Photography Trips some of you should enjoy.

On to some other news and updates. Five more of my Star Photography Workshops have sold out, leaving 15 left for the entire year of 2014. If you are looking to attend, now is a great time to buy:) Full info and details on my Star Photography Workshops Page linked below:

http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/in-field-star-photography-workshops.html

*The Shot*
Last year during workshop season I would take a few pictures here and there while out with the different groups of students to show them what I was doing, and what tips & tricks were used along the way. For the most part I would wander around and help people with their own camera settings, allowing them to get some amazing shots of their own. It's really fun talking with everyone about photography, teaching, and learning about a bunch of new cameras along the way. Here is a shot I took while showing everyone my setup on the mountain. We even walked down that path a ways to do some exploring as well, then up to the main vantage point of the mountain to shoot some more.
— at Mount Rainier National ParkPhoto: Sunset on the Jinshaling Great Wall - Travel Planning Tips & Tricks for Photographers & Explorers

Travel Planning Tips & Tricks along with some great links on the latest blog post
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/11/sunset-on-jinshaling-great-wall-travel.html

*The Shot*
The Jinshaling Great Wall was a task, why you ask? Well first of all it's nearly impossible to find a driver that will drive you all the way out there then come back a few days later and pick you up, we ended up paying double to get the guy to "promise" to return at a later day.

Our goal was to capture the Milky Way rising over the engineering marvel, this required camping, well a sleeping bag at least. The weather channel was forecasting 40 degrees Fahrenheit temps that night at the minimum. When the sun set, and the temps started dropping, and kept dropping all the way to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Without any camping mats and only 35 degree sleeping bags, let's just say there was not much sleeping in the schedule. We did on the other hand get some nice star shots which I will share later. Here is the sunset we caught before that frigid but beautiful night on the Great Wall of China.

Let me tell you, there is nothing better than seeing the Milky Way illuminate all of the little watch towers, stretching out like a snake to near infinity over the vast landscape. I had to sit back and let my mind wander for a bit, thinking about all of the things that had gone on here over the past thousands of years. What a place...

*Camera Setup*
Camera - Nikon D800
Lens - Nikkor 28-300 f/3.5-5.6
Aperture - f/11
ISO - 100
Exposure time - 4/5ths of a second
— with Paul Weeks.Photo: *Boats in the Mist - Xingping, China*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Latest Blog Post --> http://bit.ly/1edtgw0

Has anyone gotten their hands on the new Google Nexus 5 yet? I am really tempted to pick one up, but not really sold on the 5" screen, the 4" screen was already big enough. Everything else about the phone looks so nice that I might just buy it anyway..

*The Shot* ( Links for all these places & locations in the blog post )
As many of you travelers may know, the Cormorant Fisherman no longer fish for a living, but they do provide photography services for the right price. If you are in the Guilin/Yangshuo/Xingping area and would like to see these guys in action I highly suggest going through a guy named Jack who runs Yangshuo Private Tours. He provides a wealth of information, and will set you up with everything necessary and more. I was highly impressed & as goes for anything on this website, I mention his name and product because it's amazing and for no other reason.

We woke up early, 4AM early, and I stepped out on to the nice little porch we had ( This Old Place Youth Hostel / Could stay here for weeks, awesome spot ) overlooking the Lijiang River, in Xingping. The water for instant coffee was hot, and we were ready to knock out the next mission on our trip itinerary. Up to this point in the trip weather had been perfect.

This particular morning it was pretty nasty, wet, rain, fog, you name it. None the less there was no way I was coming all this way and not getting a picture of the fisherman at sunrise. Mr. Huang the fisherman met us at 5AM and we boarded his small bamboo raft to venture up the misty Lijiang. Upon docking the boat, he setup his little skiff and pulled the birds out of their cages by the necks ( they didn't seem to mind ). We proceeded to take numerous shots of him for the next hour or so.

At first it's hard to get used to shooting very low light & High ISO ( 2500 in the case of the shot below ), but once you get the hang of it, taking an insane amount of shots will guarantee you get something sharp, and interesting. I came away with 10 shots that I really liked from the morning, here is the first to make it online. Upon waking up I complained of rain, but I think it ended up making this picture.
— with Paul Weeks at Yellow Cloth Shoal, Xingping.Photo: 25% off sale on my Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial
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Ready to learn my Milky Way / star photography post processing workflow from start to finish? This tutorial covers all the bases and even provides the RAW file I work with so you can follow along at home.

Just use the discount code STARS25 when checking out on the tutorial page provided below, Enjoy!

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PS: This is my latest star shot from Reflection Lakes in Washington, you can get full details on my latest blog post -->http://bit.ly/HscxaA
— at Reflection Lakes, WashingtonPhoto: *Split Decision - Jonsrud Viewpoint, Oregon*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Latest Blog Post --> http://bit.ly/1aS2mmW

Just getting back from an internet hiatus and a really nice trip to China which allowed me to reset my motivation and inspiration as well as get moving on a few projects that I have wanted to start. There is also an in depth review coming on how I have started to use the Google Nexus 10 as my full time travel device, so you can look for that later in the week.

Workshops Update:
New Star Photography Online Post Processing Group Workshop dates have just been added along with my 2014 In the Field Star Photography Group Workshop Schedule. Grab a spot before they sell out, half of the In the Field Workshop spots have already sold.

In the Field Workshops --> http://bit.ly/11DvFcg
Online Post Processing Workshops--> http://bit.ly/12haP3R

In terms of the trip to China we accomplished everything we wanted to, and thankfully the weather played along. I just got done processing the first D800 picture from the trip last night, but tried to post some with my iPhone here and there while on the road. As always you can find all of these pictures in my Behind the Scenes Album over on good ole' SmugMug. Here are a few of my favorite locations that we were able to shoot at.

Behind the Scenes Travel Pictures & Videos --> http://smu.gs/1gaMEdN

-The Shot-
I have been to this location a bunch of times to shoot in the past and it's really hit or miss with the weather. At times you can see Mt. Hood jutting out in the distance, at others you can't see a thing. Well the morning of this particular shot the only thing I could see was the foreground fog and blazing sun pouring through it, here is what came after a run through Nik Silver Efex.
— at Jonsrud View PointPhoto: *Endless - Palouse, Washington*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Lots of Milky Way pictures & my 2014 Star Photography Workshop Schedule on the latest blog post --> http://bit.ly/15XUnsh

Free Star Photography Tutorial --> http://bit.ly/PiB5Wg

2014 In the Field Star Photography Workshop Signup & Schedule --> http://bit.ly/11DvFcg

The Shot
Over the past 10 weeks I have been traveling non-stop to new locations all over the Pacific Northwest loading up on pictures before the winter months. While these pictures sit on the computer and cool off for a bit as they always do, an older picture from Steptoe Butte Washington will have to suffice. This was an easy one exposure capture adjusted in Lightroom with a few random sliders, then exported to the good old portfolio.

As for now it's off to China with Paul Weeks for the next few weeks to do some exploring, camping, and photography of course. I will not be updating the blog during that time, but I'll leave you with my newest shot from Palouse, Washington and a few star shots to spark your interest:)
— with Meg Han and Paul Weeks at Steptoe Butte.Photo: *Photo Exhibit @ The Triple Door in Seattle*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Are you from Seattle or visiting the area? Twenty of my pictures are currently hanging on display at the The Triple Door [ www.thetripledoor.net ] in Seattle. These are big, colorful and vivid prints of 20 x 30 inches and larger, printed on an array of mediums from canvas to Satin Thin Wrap and ready to hang on your wall. If you come down and buy one, I'll sign the front or back of the picture for you depending on which you prefer:) The prints will only be up til the start of November so come down and check it out while you still can!

Triple Door Exhibit Details --> http://on.fb.me/1584FmV

Time is running short and so are the remaining spots ( 2 left ) in my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop. We will work through one of my Milky Way shots from star ( RAW file ), to finish ( portfolio JPEG file ), you'll even receive the RAW file to work along with me. Try something new this month and signup, you will be glad you did:)

Info & Signup --> http://bit.ly/12haP3R

I have been looking for a compact way to transfer photos from my memory cards to external hard drives while on the road without taking my bulky Macbook Pro. Well the solution is solved, a Nexus 10 Tablet arrived in the mail yesterday & allows transfer of files from my memory card to a single external hard drive, once that transfer is complete the action is repeated with another external hard drive for duplicate backups. Using the Nexus 10 is slightly slower than a laptop, it takes around 40 minutes to transfer 32GB of data from my card reader to the external 1TB hard drives. In turn I can now travel very VERY light without a laptop. A full review on how to do this yourself will be added to this website in the coming weeks, after testing the setup on a two week trip to China. PS: I've never tried Android before, and it's pretty damn awesome, especially with the new ( crap ) IOS 7, it may be time for a mobile change too.

*The Shot --> "If Only Time" - Crater Lake, Oregon*

Full post processing info on the latest blog post --> http://bit.ly/19oeSsU

This one comes from the latest Oregon Coast trip, where we swung over to Crater Lake on the way towards Samuel Boardman State Park. Actually, I don't know if 600 miles out of the way is considered a swing, but none the less the weather was great, and so was the Milky Way. In this shot I really wanted to capture the nice colorful blue hour that the location almost always produces, and some stars on the side never hurt anyone right?

Check out my Free Star Photography Tutorial & learn how to take this type of shot on your own. There is also a gallery for you to share your star shots included on the tutorial page.
— with Conor MacNeill and Greg Annandale at Crater Lake National Park.Photo: *Some Thoughts on the Shutdown & A Picture from Southern Iceland*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Full details on the latest blog post --> http://bit.ly/18McZKi

My thoughts go out to all the photographers & students who were supposed to teach & learn at our amazing national parks in the coming days and maybe weeks. Thanks to big government & personal agendas, lovers of exploration, learning, nature and photography will all suffer along with countless others. It's a pretty disgusting idea that we are inclined to vote for such beasts, or turn our shoulders and take the only other path, letting them walk all over us with no representation at all. No matter what you do in life, provide inspiration, motivation, and make something beautiful for people to enjoy for a long time in the future. There is no reason to play within the realms of destroying what people have worked for and created in the past only to come away with nothing in the end. 

NO partisan comments please... 


*The Shot*
While rocketing our KuKu Camper through Southern Iceland we came along a really cool gorge, with lots of little streams and tributaries dispersing into it from infinite angles and locations. I decided this was a good time to stop and take a shot, well I can't lie, a bunch of shots. After busting out the ND filter and circular polarizer I snapped off this shot. For more info on the photo gear I use check out the "What's in My Camera Bag" [ http://bit.ly/1hjh2yU ] section on my website. — with MegPhoto: *FROST - Palouse, Washington*
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Full post processing details on latest blog post --> http://bit.ly/19DtmXL

Every week or so I go through the website here and clean up random odds and ends, add new content to the static pages, and provide newly learned techniques and other fun stuff like that. Yesterday new content was added to the About Me Page, including some pictures, music, quotes, and books that I like. I find it fun to see what others like, especially for inspirational purposes, so providing everyone with the same sort of content seemed like a good idea.

About Me Page ----> http://bit.ly/18sFa0I

It's less than a month til we go live for the ( $40 ) Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop. During the session I'll be teaching 9 students my full star photography post processing workflow. You even get a RAW file to work along with me at home and the added bonus of all my video tutorial downloads for free ( 45$ value ). Sign up today! There are 3 spots left.

Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop --> http://bit.ly/12haP3R

*The Shot*
Every time I go to Palouse Washington it seems like a last minute idea. The high speed 5 hour drive through Eastern Washington that follows always knocks me out and makes one wonder why they went through with such an idea. Leaving at 10 PM from Seattle puts you @ Steptoe Butte right as the blue hour light starts to hit the endless abstract fields of color. On this particular day there was a solid frost covering everything and the light refracting through it created an amazing glow over the entire visible landscape. — with Meg Han and Paul Weeks at Steptoe Butte.Photo: *The Painted Valley - Yosemite National Park, CA*
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Full post processing details on the latest blog post --> http://bit.ly/18nU8oH

Although most of the processing that takes place on my computer these days is digital blending involving one or two RAW files using Lightroom 4 and PhotoShop CS6, I do revert to Photomatix here and there for some HDR Processing. Why you ask? Well there is just something about dynamic situations such as the one below that really beg to be processed this way, or at least I think so. All the skills used here are covered in my Free HDR Video Tutorial and the video included below. There are a bunch of other fun and free videos on my YouTube Channel.

Free HDR Video Tutorial --> http://bit.ly/UjMZLg

My YouTube Channel --> http://bit.ly/14ERae8

I still continue to buy and watch other photographers tutorials as much as possible. Even if you get a few tips here and there it's worth the time and money. Chip Phillips has a really good one by the way, so check that out if you like --> http://bit.ly/MQhZ4T

*The Shot*
While wandering around Yosemite Valley you have a few things going for you, first, the "nice soft light" seems to last forever before the sun finally peaks over Half Dome and illuminates the valley in the early morning. Two, there are beautiful sights, sounds and smells coming from all directions, especially in the Autumn months of the year. Third, they have awesome coffee in the little lodge that sits quietly at the foot of El Capitan, but it doesn't open til 7-8AM, which is a bit late for us photographers so bring a backup. We stayed in the park for 3-4 days doing some "car camping" and scouting out different locations to shoot. Sleeping in your car with minimal comfort levels is good for one thing, you're ready to get up at 5AM and get the hell out of the vehicle.While scouting the day before I took a mental note of this location, "Come back when the sun is rising through the trees in the early morning", and so I did... ha! — with Meg Han at Yosemite Valley.Photo: *The Omega - Goðafoss, Iceland* 
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Full blog post including post processing details----> http://bit.ly/1bbv72Y

Just another update, there are now 2 spots left in my *Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop*, where we will cover my full post processing workflow from start to finish. I even provide you a RAW picture file to work along with me:)

Grab your spot --->http://bit.ly/12haP3R

*The Shot* Learn Photography Page -->http://bit.ly/16CD52S
Traveling to Iceland on a yearly basis is always a really nice escape. This past year was the first time that we made it over to Goðafoss which has been on the top of my "To Do" list for a while now. Needless to say, this waterfall and the surrounding location are beyond beautiful. There is really nothing to describe the feeling I had while shooting a 3 hour sunset at the location, maybe it was the litter of rum Meghan and I had been toting around that day? — with Meg Han at Godafoss Iceland.Photo: *Lucy in the Sky - Palouse, Washingon*
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As of Sunday morning group star photography workshop season is now over for 2013, thanks to all of you that helped to completely sell out my first season of workshops. It was a blast meeting 90+ new photographers, and learning a lot along the way. The 2014 schedule will be released in the next 3 or 4 months. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the new workshop schedule & locations head over to the latest blog post and enter your email, it's as easy as that. ( And no I won't SPAM you;)). Thanks!

2014 Star Photography Workshop Mailing List----> http://bit.ly/1fWHpdl

My Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop still has 3 spots left for anyone that's interested:)
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

Now it's time to head out on some of my own adventures. The look ahead report says 5 days in Oregon with Conor MacNeill & Greg Annandale starting this weekend, then 11 days in China with Paul Weeks. After that it's off to the East Coast to do some scouting for dark skies, and new locations to fill all those requests I got for star photography workshops all over the country. December brings more adventures of San Francisco and the Southern California coast, but hey, busy is never a bad thing right?

*The Shot* ( Processed using the skills shown in my Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial )----> http://bit.ly/ZhO7Yz

My buddy Connor Lowrey and I pushed through the 4.5 hour drive out to Palouse Falls and arrived just in time for an amazing sunset. By amazing I mean one of the best I have seen since picking up a camera. After enjoying the nice color and vivid blue hour, we packed up and went looking for some dark skies. Driving through the Palouse in the middle of the night is always fun, here is one of the shots I captured.Photo: Moody Blues - Selfoss, Iceland
   
Has anyone read the book "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac? It's one of my personal favorites, almost a travel bible of sorts. Last night we watched the movie On the Road and it was no where near as good, but hey, books are usually better anyway right? Currently I'm reading two new "Nook Books" which are pretty good. The first is ISLAND by Aldus Huxley & the second is a Wise Man's Fear which is almost done, both are good so far if you're into reading and all that good stuff:) 

Fingers crossed for clear weather, it's time for another star photography weekend!

The Shot
The latest Iceland trip was amazing, but it takes at least two trips to get a feel for the place and find out which locations you would actually like to shoot. This being my second I was much more at home. The endless beauty makes it hard not to constantly pull over to the side of the road and take pictures, but over time you will learn to hold back. We arrived at Selfoss very early one morning and hiked out to the falls. It's really hard to get a feel for how tall this thing is from a picture but the internet told me it's at least 40 ft high. 

Post Processing Info ( Grab some discount codes to the programs below at bottom of About Me Page )
Processing Time: 45 Min
Music: Claude Debussy Playlist
Drink: 14 Hands Wine / Hot to Trot ( Yeah I'm classy ;))

Lightroom 4  ( Head on over to the Learn Photography Page for all my tutorials )
(2) Exposures, one for the silky smooth water and another for the rocks & sky.
Adjust WB & fine tune in Lightroom 4
Export to (2) TIFF files ( yes I'm trying TIFF )
Photoshop CS6
Apply Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques using channels to selectively blend the two files into one well exposed file.
Add some color & apply color balance using OnOne Perfect Photo Suite
Selectively adjust contrast and vibrance using luminosity masks.
Top secret cloud movement tricks...
Nik Output Sharpener applied selectively along w Nik Define for noise reduction.
Apply slight vignette with Nik Color Efex Pro 4, Darken / Lighten Center preset.
Use spot brush to remove sensor dirt and fix up a few messy spots.
Final touches using hand brushed masks and curves.Photo: *Endless - Vik, Iceland || Post Processing Details Included*

Who is interested in learning my Star Photography Post Processing Workflow, I have a new group workshop date that recently opened up. Full details and signup at my Online Post Processing Group Workshop Page.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

*The Shot*
For all you world travelers out there, if you ever decide to head over to Iceland and want to avoid the Rain and nasty weather, stay away from Vik. It seems to be raining there every time I drive through, on the other hand it's an awesome town that I highly suggest everyone visit. The black sand beaches and beautiful fog are worth your while. I like driving through late at night when the weather is really moving around...

*Post Processing Info* ( Check out my Learn Photography Page for all my tutorials  --->  http://bit.ly/1fcLfhW )

Processing Time: 15 minutes
Music: Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
Drink: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

*Lightroom 4* 
Single Exposure at -1EV / f/11 / 1/6th of a second / ISO 100
Adjust RAW file in LR4 bringing out shadow details and highlights along with a small increase in vibrancy and decrease in saturation.
Export to JPEG.

*Photoshop CS5*
Midtones curves adjustment & bright highlights curves adjustment
Sharpen & noise reduction using Nik Software
DONE!Photo: *A Fading Desire - Mount Rainier, Washington*
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Here we go again, that crazy ( moonless ) time of the month is rolling back around. For me that means long nights, not much sleep, tons of driving, exploring, photography and oh yeah; Teaching 18 new star photographers at Mount Rainier. Awesome!

FREE Star Photography Tutorial --> http://bit.ly/10SDrxp

Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop --> http://bit.ly/10k5yEj

Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial -->http://bit.ly/131C3gp

Complete Star Photography Picture Portfolio--> http://smu.gs/Y2RY8g
 
*The Shot*
Here is a snap looking towards the Tatoosh Mountain Range from Mount Rainier. It's been a while since the picture was taken, but I believe we took a hike up here late last summer since the wild flowers are in full bloom. One of the best parts about letting pictures sit on the computer for a few months, or even a year in some cases, is finding stuff that you totally forgot you took:)Photo: *The Rise & Fall - Cannon Beach, OR*
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I usually write my blog post prior to posting to social networks, but didn't get around to it today. None the less here is a picture from the awesome Oregon Coast. 

I also recently updated my Post Processing Before & After Page to hold you over...
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/post-processing-before-after.htmlPhoto: *So Sorry It's Over - Palouse Falls, Washington*
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See full post processing details and a before and after of this shot on my latest blog post: http://bit.ly/17WMXS0

Thanks to everyone that participated in my Free Star Photography Workshop Give Away Contest. I'll select a winner sometime this week and make the announcement. Besides this spot, all this summer star photography workshops are now sold out. If you're still interested in one, feel free to drop me a line to be placed on the waiting list for next year.


*The Shot* 
I went to Palouse Falls during the early months of this year with Meg and Paul. We had some really nice conditions, but man was it cold. You can grab a shot like this if you hike 5 min up to the top of Palouse Falls. There are a ton of cool compositions all over that park so make sure to hike around a bit:) — at Palouse FallsPhoto: *Turn Style - West Fjords, Iceland - Post Processing Details Included*
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I was about to start this post, then realized maybe a snack would be necessary during the process. These things don't just write themselves.

There are only a few days left to enter my Star Photography Workshops Free Give Away Contest, it's free and the grand prize is free admission to my last star photography workshop for the summer. DO IT!
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/star-photography-contest.html

Logging on to Google+ last night, I noticed "1,000,000 have you in circles" under my name... wait what? One Million is a significantly large number, so thanks to everyone who helped on that front. All your support and nice comments are always appreciated. Thanks!

*The Shot*
There are no words to really describe this sunset. Nothing I have ever seen before even comes close. The entire visible Earth was bathed in some of the most vivid color imaginable. Standing there, hours from any town or person for that matter, witnessing stuff like this in the middle of the night is what dreams are made of. Selah....

PS: That water is cold, real cold!

*Post Processing Info*

There are a bunch of links and discount codes for the programs listed below on my website:)

Processing Time: 1 hour-ish
Music: Bob Dylan Personal Fav's Playlist
Drink: Big Swell IPA from the Island of Maui.

Lightroom 4 ( Learn more using my Free Digital Workflow Video Tutorial )

1) 3 Exposures captured at -2EV, 0EV and +2EV.
2) Adjust 0EV RAW file in LR4 then sync others to match all settings less exposure.
3) Export to (3) JPEGS

Photoshop CS6

1) Apply Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques using channels to selectively blend the three files into one well exposed file.
2) Slight color adjustment with color correction function in OnOne Perfect Photo Suite
3) Apply Nik Pro Contrast to entire image
4) Nik Output Sharpener
5) Apply slight vignette with Nik Color Efex Pro 4, Darken / Lighten Center preset.
Final color balance and contrast adjustments.Photo: *Sixty Six North - West Fjords, Iceland*
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Sifting through emails and comments is seemed like everyone liked the post processing info last time, so  I'll include some more every now and then. It's really nice getting responses and emails from everyone here and there, especially when they come in from all over the world. I read each and every one, and try to answer them all as well:)
Full post processing info & details in the latest blog post: http://bit.ly/16iibUs

There are 7 more days for you to enter in the *Star Photography Workshops Free Give Away Contest*, it's free and the grand prize is free admission to my last star photography workshop for the summer.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/star-photography-contest.html

*The Shot*
After devouring one of the best fish dinners of our lives in Ísafjörður, Meg & I loaded up the camper and headed for a 2 day trek even deeper into the West Fjords. This part of the island is my favorite, and at times, you don't see another person for days. Every now and then we would stop, or swerve down one of the little roads that jut off of main road. This shot was captured at the bottom of a pretty steep hill, needless to say the camper had a pretty hard time making it back up.Photo: *Sucker Punch - Eagle Creek, Oregon*
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Interested in learning how I processed this shot? Full details including Programs + Plugins on the latest blog post:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/08/sucker-punch-eagle-creek-oregon.html

*The Shot*
Punch Bowl Falls located a few miles up Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge is an amazing place to capture some nice photos. Just remember, bring your chest waders. I was able to capture the full dynamic range of light with three bracketed RAW files then blend them together in Photoshop.Photo: *The Last Drop - Palouse Falls, WA*
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It's extremely exciting to have the chance to take 18 photographers up to Mount Rainier National Park this weekend and teach them everything I know about star photography, including shooting and post processing. Everything is looking good to go including the upcoming meteor showers. I'm headed out for the week, so I'll leaving you all with some good star photography info and a new picture.

For anyone else that wants to learn star photography this weekend here is a list great resources I provide on this website along with my *Free Star Photography Workshop Give Away Contest* [ http://bit.ly/15wKyhS ] which is now running.

*FREE Star Photography Tutorial* - http://bit.ly/10SDrxp

*Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial* - http://bit.ly/131C3gp

*In the Field Star Photography Workshops @ Mount Rainier* ( 2 spots remain for the season ) - http://bit.ly/11DvFcf

*Complete Star Photography Picture Portfolio* - http://smu.gs/Y2RY8g

For anyone that was not aware you can always find all the tutorials contained on this website at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography

*The Shot*
The night sky in the Palouse Region of Washington State is so dark that sometimes you can't see your own hand. This makes it a star photographer's paradise. I remember taking this shot only a few minutes before the moon came up and completely destroyed any chances of Milky Way shots.Photo: *Lost Worlds - Vik, Iceland*
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Driving through Iceland with a camera is a really tough task. First off you need to have enough self control not to stop and take pictures every few seconds, don't fall in to this trap, you will never see everything you want to:) Second of all, there are sheep all over the place, and third, well it's probably some strange hour of the night, at least during the summer months. All in all this is what some people such as myself call fun.

*NEWS & Events*
Two weeks left to enter my Free Star Photography Workshop Give Away Contest. HELLO it's free:) http://bit.ly/15wKyhS

A few new updates and links added to the Free Star Photography Tutorial, as well as a cool upload and sharing feature for you to share your star shots. http://bit.ly/10SDrxp

Two spots left in my Star Photography Workshops for the entire summer. http://bit.ly/11DvFcfPhoto: *Of Brothers & Friends - Philadelphia, PA*
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And here we go again, it seems like these summer months have been flying by and the new moon is quickly approaching. I know I'll be headed out to take some Milky Way shots this weekend. Anyone else headed out? 

Just a reminder, you can win a free spot to one of my In the Field Star Photography Workshops, by participating in the Free Star Photography Workshop Give Away Contest! Click the link below. DO IT!
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/star-photography-contest.html


*The Shot*
I go to visit my Lee Morrow & his g/f Kate Kelly in Philly every now and then. Usually we end up doing so much fun stuff that photography is on the back burner. This past trip it was possible to go take pictures for an hour or two during sunset. This is a pano made from two single RAW files and stitched in Photoshop.Photo: *Lost: In the Valley of Dreams - Mount Rainier, Washington*
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One spot just opened up in my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop for next weekend if anyone wants it.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html


*The Shot*
A few weeks ago a group of 9 students and myself were out taking pictures at Mount Rainier. The night was absolutely perfect for Milky Way shots, we even got some air glow here and there. It's a blast taking a bunch of awesome photographers out to capture the night sky, especially on a clear night like this. Thanks to everyone that came out to the In the Field Workshop! — at Mount Rainier National ParkPhoto: *As It Fades - Palouse, Washington*
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Any of you Seattleites ever been to the Triple Door in downtown Seattle? The entire month of October they will be displaying 20+ of my prints around their venue. If you have been waiting to get a large print, this would be a great time to buy. More info to come on exact dates and all that good stuff!

*The Shot*
I can't believe it's been a year + since I took this picture. Some pictures sit on the computer a while before getting processed such as this one, others fly right out the door. At any rate, I snapped this from the top of Steptoe Butte in Palouse Washington. This one was taken at f/16, ISO 100 and 0.2" seconds. Strange how I would never use those settings these days for a regular old landscape shot, more like f/8, live and learn... — at Steptoe ButtePhoto: *The Miracle - Mount St. Helens, WA*
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There are a few spots left in my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops. Grab your spot below.
http://bit.ly/10k5yEj

Most of you probably already know this, but there are two new exciting things going on at DaveMorrowPhotography.com right now. First off we have the *Star Photography Workshop Give Away Contest* [ http://bit.ly/15wKyhS ] in which you can win a free spot to one of my workshops. There is also a chance to share your night photography pictures on my website so click following link to Upload Your Favorite Star Photos. [ http://smu.gs/13Fifx3 ]

*The Shot*
Mount St. Helens is a trip that I have been wanting to make for a while now. Well it finally happened and the conditions could not have been better. A great sunset, followed by an even more amazing Milky Way, and some colorful green air glow, it's hard to beat that.Photo: Just before dawn in Cannon Beach Oregon...Photo: *And the Wind Spoke - West Fjords, Iceland*
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I met up with Jimmy Mcintyre and his wife Rachel last night to snap some pics & have some drinks. Eventually we got side tracked from the whole photography thing and ended up at a few bars. Headed back out with them to catch sunset in a few hours. 

Keep in mind the Star Photography Workshop Give Away Contest is still up and running. You have another month to submit your best night shots for a chance to win free admission.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/star-photography-contest.html

*The Shot*
One of the best parts about looking through pictures from trips of past is the sparking of memories that lead into more thoughts and often inspiration for new adventures. Here is one from the a night in Iceland that featured some of the best color I have ever seen. My girlfriend Meghan and I drove through the landscapes jaw-dropped for hours.Photo: The Hive - Seattle, WAPhoto: *A Passing Glimpse - Mount St. Helens, Washington*
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Thanks to everyone who attended and helped to sell out each of my star photography workshops this past weekend. The weather was about as good as it can get & we were able to capture some amazing Milky Way shots. You will probably see them floating around the web in the coming weeks. From the looks of things, everyone is starting to try out star photography, I have seen some pretty cool shots on different social networks. Time to step my game up....

PS: If you still want to attend one of my summer star workshops the time to sign up is now, I believe there are 3 or 4 spots left for the entire summer. 
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/in-field-star-photography-workshops.html

*The Shot*
Well this is strange, two flower shots in a row? That doubles the count for the entire time I have been taking pictures... so if you enjoy them, well such it all up, these are the last ones left on the computer. This was taken at Mount St. Helens in Washington State for all you map addicts out there. Enjoy!Photo: *Star Dance - Rowena Crest, OR*
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This coming weekend is a new moon, and great for star photography so I decided to open a contest giving away one free admission to my *September 6th Star Photography Workshop at Mount Rainier National Park*. The winning photo/photographer will also be shared on my Facebook and Google+ pages. Please follow all rules and guidelines listed below to enter. http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/star-photography-contest.html

The Shot
Every year I see so many "flower shots" from Rowena Crest Park in Oregon, so I had to venture up there and see what all the fuss was about. Prior to going I promised myself not to take any sun star or sunrise flower shots that constantly swamp the internet. I hope you enjoy something a little different from this well known location, if you don't to bad:( If you want to learn how I processed it head on over to my Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop page and I would be happy to teach you!
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.htmlPhoto: *"Pro Photographers" - Yosemite Valley, CA*
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For the first time yesterday I was able to explore Mount St. Helens and damn is it awesome. We stayed up there for sunrise and sunset as well as the best Milky Way I have seen so far. There will be some pictures surfacing in the coming weeks from the shoot. One is currently sitting in Photoshop ready for a full edit sesh...

For anyone else that will be out taking star pics in the coming weeks, feel free to sit in on one of my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops where I'll teach you my entire star photography workflow. You even get a picture to process along with me:)  *Full info here:* http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

*The Shot*
When I was setting up for this shot in Yosemite a few months back a group of photographers came over to me and said. Hey were "Pro Photographers" can you move, we need to run our workshop here! What is a pro photographer I asked? Grumbles. The guy didn't even accept a beer when I offered, so I kept shooting...Photo: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comPhoto: The Hidden Garden - Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC
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I processed this one using the techniques provided in the following tutorials:

Free HDR Video Tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

Luminosity Masking Video Tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/daves-luminosity-masking-tutorial.htmlPhoto: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comPhoto: The Great Wheel of Seattle from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comPhoto: Another sunset from Ruby Beach, WA...Photo: Check out my Free HDR Video Tutorial & learn how I processed this shot in Lightroom and Photoshop.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

#hdrtutorial #photographytutorial #photoshoptutorialsPhoto: The Hidden Grotto - Ruckel Creek, OR
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This coming weekend is the start of my Star Photography Workshop season.You can still grab a spot in the July 12th, or July 13th workshop, there are only 2 spots left so act quickly. Full details here on my Summer Star Photography Workshops Page --> http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL

The Shot
Mossy Grotto Falls as some call it is an amazing fall a few miles up the Ruckel Creek Trail head. It will take some exploring to find, but I consider the adventure to be well worth it, plus the hike is no where near as hard as most make it out to be. I took this shot around 7:30PM, just make sure you have a headlamp if you climb up that way at night, because it gets dark pretty quickly in the dense forest...

#starphotographyworkshops #photographyworkshops #ruckelcreek #columbiarivergorge #D800Photo: Last Dawn - Brooklyn, New York
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Here is the link to the Before & After of this shot: http://bit.ly/11nDk9I

Back-story & Rambling...
Those long weekends always roll by way to fast, don't they? I did get the chance to visit the infamous Mossy Grotto Falls this weekend. Everyone complains about the tough hike, but it kinda reminded me of being a kid again and rolling around in the mud, not all that bad:) On another note, has anyone gotten the invite for the updated Google Maps yet? It is down right awesome, but I am a maps addict, so there may be some bias there.

The Shot
Let's go back to the Big Apple for a bit with a sunrise from the Brooklyn Bridge. Something about those huge cables holding the thing together really helps to make any picture pop. Thankfully I had some help in the composition department, my brain was fried from walking around the city since 2 AM.

#nycphotography #hdrphotography #luminositymaskingtutorial #brooklynbridgePhoto: *When We Were Stars - Palouse, WA*
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A 3 day weekend is on the way and I still have no clue where I'm headed. Apparently bad weather is headed towards to the Seattle area so maybe the Oregon Coast is a good call... I recently updated my *Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial* [ http://bit.ly/ZhO7Yz ] as well as my *Free Star Photography Tutorial* [ http://bit.ly/PiB5Wg ] , so if you have some free time this weekend, give them a try, I promise you won't be disappointed:)

*The Shot*
After work one night around midnight we decided to hit the road and gun it towards Palouse Falls for sunrise, as we were driving through the middle of no where the Milky Way popped out so I pulled the X-Terra over and took some pics...Photo: *The Second Coming - Manhattan, New York*
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And..... I'm back in action after a much needed break. After relaxing for a few days I realized how much stuff I actually wanted to get done. Some of this energy was used on post processing, but most was used on the new website which is coming along really nicely. I did sell two more spots to my *Star Photography Workshops* [http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL], which leaves a total of 4 remaining for the entire summer. If you have been thinking about it now would be the time to buy.


*The Shot* GPS - [40.707189,-73.998145]
This morning is still vivid in my mind. After catching a train from Philly and arriving in the Big Apple around 2AM on a Tuesday morning I walked the streets taking pictures until sunrise. After a beautiful sunrise on the bridge I snapped off this shot walking back to my hotel. In terms of processing I have a few new tricks up my sleeve, hopefully they reflect in this shot...Photo: As Paths Crossed & Diverged - San Francisco, California
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Went out for a nice sunset shoot in Seattle last night with my Buddy +Aman Anuraj. The sunset was decent but hopefully we got some good shots of the Aurora bridge, a place that I finally made it to after living in Seattle for the past 2 years. The shot below was processed using some techniques from +Jaime Ibarra his work is absolutely awesome and his tutorial is great as well. I have a bunch of shots that I processed using his techniques from all over the place that will eventually be shared on here:) You can find Jaime's full portfolio here: http://ibarraphoto.com

For any of you that are interested in taking one of my In the Field Star Photography Workshops this summer, now would be the time to buy, I have a total of 6 spots left.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

The Shot
San Francisco's China town is a blast, during the day, but my favorite time to shoot there is dusk. All of the Chinese style lamps light up and give the city streets an amazing glow. This guys gave a quick glance before going back to his instrument.

#sanfranciscophotography #peoplephotography #D800Photo: City Shakedown - Manhattan, NYC - Free Video Tutorials Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Here are a few fun links with some free tutorials
My Free HDR Video Tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

Free High Pass Sharpening Video Tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/photoshop-tutorial-high-pass-sharpening.html

All of my free tutorials can be found at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography


Random Banter & Fun
I am completely in love with photography, but sometimes different aspects of it need to be removed of my life for short periods of time. Let's take for example the computer, there are certain weeks where I just don't want to be around it. On the other hand at no time would I ever turn down hiking, exploring or road tripping with my camera. Tough times...;)

OK now on to the other topics of todays discussion. Workshops, I am holding a bunch of them summer to teach all the aspects of my star photography knowledge. If you would like to join me feel free to sign up or shoot me an email with any questions. I can promise two things at these workshops, One awesome locations with amazing access to the night sky, Two a bunch of new learning experiences and skill sets, we might have fun too! Interested in either, head on over to my In the Field Star Photography Workshops page to grab a spot.... PS: there are 7 left for the whole summer!

Summer Star Workshops Page
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

The Shot
Upon arriving at Penn Station at 2AM after a long night at the bar in Philadelphia PA there was no other choice except exploring the city until sunrise. Personally I think Manhattan is a great place to wander around at night. There is rarely any crime & a bunch of cool locations to shoot. Before I knew it the sun was rising and I found myself running through the streets to watch it peak over the horizon from the Brooklyn Bridge...

#starphotographyworkshops #photographyworkshops #hdrtutorial #hdrphotographyPhoto: Black & Blue - Vik, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Another long nearly sleepless weekend in the books that took us to Cannon Beach, Cape Kiwanda and some other random spots. The weather played along well and I have some amazing shots to throw in the folder with the 18,000 or so that are waiting to be processed! I'm happy to see a few more people signed up for my In the Field Star Photography Workshops. Spots are running out, grab one fast or let me know if you have some questions...

Star Photography Workshop Page
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

The Shot
When out shooting I always take a few "minimal" shots including just the clouds and sky. Sometimes these turn out really cool as this one from Vik Iceland did.

#starphotographyworkshops #Iceland #europe #photography #plusphotoextractPhoto: While You Were Screaming - The Dalles, WA - Free Star Photography Tutorial Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Here is my Free Star Photography Tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

I really enjoy light painting and making things look a bit strange at night. After some messing around with different colors and locations you can really start to get some fun results. This is one of the topics I cover in my Summer Star Photography Workshops @ Mount Rainier. If you want to learn, grab a spot by clicking the link:)
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

The Shot
After some research I was able to pin down the location of this old house in Oregon. It's really a fun location and there are some other great spots to shoot & explore really close by... I thought this location would be just perfect for the 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye.

#starphotographyworkshops   #starphotography   #stars   #abandonedplaces   #abandonedphotography   #plusphotoextractPhoto: I Cover the Waterfront - Alki Beach, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Sometimes I hold on to photos forever before posting them or even processing them, such as the ones from my Maui trip in December. Others for some reason or another get processed right away like the shot posted tonight. I love going back through old photos, especially if their lost and forgotten at the point, then processing them. I'll leave you with a long exposure "How To" video I made while taking the shot posted below. It includes some tips for extremely sharp images. After posting a nature and city picture back to back I may as well give you the best of both worlds... Enjoy!
http://youtu.be/FvpHXtjlRzo

The Shot
Once in a while I get enough time to venture over to Alki Beach. Sitting around the house wide awake last week around 5 AM, I decided I had nothing better to do than stay up til sunrise. It ended up being well worth the long night and the sunrise was amazingly colorful.

#seattle   #plusphotoextract   #D800   #photographytutorial 
#photographyPhoto: Winter Glow - Palouse Falls, WA - New Luminosity Mask Tutorial Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

As of now my new Luminosity Masking Video Tutorial is now on sale. I will cover my full luminosity masking workflow, including how to make them for yourself and use them to process pictures ranging from stars to landscape and beyond! The package also includes my Luminosity Mask Photoshop Actions and an in depth high resolution video. For the next 3 days you can get 30% off the list price by using the coupon code BIG30 when checking out:)
Get the tutorial at the link below:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/daves-luminosity-masking-tutorial.html

The Shot
I went to Palouse Falls a few weeks back for the 3rd time and really wanted to capture a different view of the whole thing. Early one freezing morning walking around the upper viewpoints I found this slick little composition.... Hopefully you enjoy it:)

Full blog post here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/04/winter-glow-palouse-falls-wa.html

#plusphotoextract   #palousefalls   #D800   #luminositymasks   #luminositymaskingtutorial   #photoshoptutorials   #tutorials   #photographytutorials   #photography   #palousefallsPhoto: The Dream Catcher - Palouse, WA - Star Photography Tutorial Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

It feels like I was just posting my last star shot yesterday, but none the less it's once again star photography Friday, so here ya go. For anyone that has not had the chance to wander through my website, here are all the star photography tutorials I provide. Feel free to share.

Free Star Photography Tutorial: http://bit.ly/PiB5Wg

In the Field Star Photography Workshops @ Mount Rainier: http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL

Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops: http://bit.ly/12haP3R

Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial:
http://bit.ly/ZhO7Yz

Under the Stars Lightroom 4 Presets:
http://bit.ly/ZRwKsL

Star Photography Portfolio:
http://smu.gs/ZzgJvT


The Shot
Over the past few weekends I have had the terrible or maybe awesome habbit of skipping sleep on Friday nights and staying up until late Saturday night, this is normally for the sake of star photography & runs into the need to shoot sunrise. Around 36 hours without sleep is where things start to go wrong, at that point I crash and hope that something like I have provided below is waiting on my camera for the next day... Enjoy! PS: This is the first star photography test run with the 16mm Fisheye

#starphotographytutorial   #starphotographyworkshops   #stars   #Milkyway   #D800Photo: Rainier Falls - Mount Rainier National Park, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Can anyone guess how I processed this shot? It's a bit different from the usual.

This is a shot of Mount Rainier looking East-ish from the Reflection Lakes area. These falls are an awesome place to shoot if you can find it and want to make the climb.

#mountrainier #photography #travel #washingtonPhoto: To the Top of the World & Back
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

If you like star photography check out my new website section www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/stars

Deep in the West Fjords of Iceland I found this really fun spot to pull off the side of the road and take some pics. At this point we had not seen anyone in a day or two and were up at all hours taking pics... good times.

#plusphotoextract #travel #iceland #europe #photography #D800 #hdrphotographyPhoto: The Reckoning - Discovery Park, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Really ready for the rain to leave the Pacific Northwest, I am going to lose my mind if I don't get some sun, camping and photography within the next few days. Being cooped up inside has allowed me to get tons of work done on new tutorials, magazine articles and post processing. Here is my newest video tutorial on Luminosity Masking, and the coupon code (BIG30) for 30% off is still good for one more day!
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/daves-luminosity-masking-tutorial.html

I am scoping out new ideas for my summer travel list, this weekend Hug Point in Oregon may get a visit, it's just so hard to decide. Anyone have some ideas I can throw on the list?

The Shot
Another from the beautiful Discovery Park, this sunset was absolutely mind bending, I forgot to take pictures for a bit and just stood there and watched...

#seattle   #discoverypark   #luminositymasks   #luminositymaskingtutorial   #photographytutorials   #photoshoptutorials   #D800   #travelPhoto: Goodbye, Blue Sky - Seattle, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

A bit late on the post today, but sleep was necessary at some point. Does anyone ever stay awake so long that going to sleep doesn't even sound fun anymore? It's almost like you just want the adventure to continue once everything starts to feel strange and loopy... or maybe I am just weird.

The Shot
One of my favorite movies over the past few years has been The Wall, by Pink Floyd which you can now watch for free on YouTube. None the less this picture really reminds me of a few scenes that play over and over again throughout the film. If you haven't seen it, well start watching... Here is the link I shared earlier: http://youtu.be/PQE3vcwU97g

#pinkfloyd   #D800   #photography   #plusphotoextractPhoto: End Game
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

If you are not following my daily photography/travel blog you can find today's post below. It is great for photographers or non-photographers that love travel and adventure.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/02/end-game-olympic-peninsula.html

The Shot
This was one of the last pictures I took with my Canon 7D and was lucky enough to catch a really good sunset on the Olympic Peninsula. After processing hundreds of shots from my D800 and then going back to do this one I could really notice the difference in color and quality, but I think the final result still turned out just fine:)

#plusphotoextract #travel #blog #rubybeach #HDRphotography #HDRPhoto: Winter Falls - Latourell Creek, Oregon
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Well I am back in action from a much needed break. Stepping back from photography for a few days has always helped me in many ways. Upon my return in noticed that I am almost 2% ahead in the Smithsonian Photography Contest which ends tomorrow. Click BELOW if you would like to vote, and select #18(that's me), then scroll to the bottom of the page and submit:) I really appreciate all the support everyone has given so far tomorrow is the last day, then I will stop bothering you:)
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/10th-annual/Vote-for-the-10th-Annual-Photo-Contest-Viewers-Choice.html

The Shot
I have been hanging out the in Columbia River Gorge lately practicing up on my waterfall skills. At first falls are not as easy to shoot as you may think, and the post processing takes some effort as well. It is definitely a skill I am still getting better at.. see what you think:)

#oregon   #waterfalls   #latourellcreekfalls   #plusphotoextract   #D800   #hdrphotographyPhoto: Follow the Leader - Elowah Falls, Oregon
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Unfortunately this coming weekend in Seattle is going to be pretty wet & boring, I'm sure that there will be lots of post processing to do. I would rather be hanging out and shooting in the Columbia River Gorge where I took this shot. Elowah Falls is one of my favs to shoot and has endless compositions from all angles...

There is 1 spots left, in my Online Star Photography Post Processing Workshop this weekend! More info and signup here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

#onlineworkshops   #photographyworkshops   #photographyworkflow   #elowahfalls   #oregon   #D800   #waterfallsphotographyPhoto: East Bay Bound
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

San Francisco is full of unique compositions and fun places to shoot. Hopefully one day I will get a chance to live there. This one was taken looking East over the Bay Bridge late one night when the fog started rolling in over the bay.

#silverefexpro2 #sanfrancisco #travel #D800Photo: *Maui Wowi - Maui, Hawaii*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

July Star Photography Workshops are now completely sold out. Only 4 spots remain for the entire summer and they are in September. If you would like to grab one the Star Photography Workshops Page is the place to do so! http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

*From the Blog*
Over the past 9 months I have given a few methods of uploading pictures a try. The first was uploading a picture every week, this got boring. The second was every single day, this was overwhelming, fun, but it lacked quality at times. The third I am working with now, upload a picture whenever I feel like it... ENJOYABLE! Which do you prefer for your own style of photography?

*The Shot*
There are a million photos from Maui on the computer that I have not yet even seen. Knowing there are some awesome moments on there can be really fun, down the road I look forward to processing the really REALLY good ones. Here is a fun fisheye shot from a beach where we had way to many drinks... and even more after that.

‎#starphotographyworkshops
‎#hawaiiPhoto: The Late Shift
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Kinda got sucked into Photoshop painting for a bit this afternoon. I have been mixing it with some photos and getting some pretty neat stuff Ill share in the next week or so.. Here is another 16mm fisheye shot from the Seattle Center. This lens kicks ass!

Want to see my workflow for processing these shots? You can find it here
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-post-processing-workflow-tutorial.html

#plusphotoextract   #travel   #seattle   #fisheye   #D800   #hdrphotography   #photographyworkflow   #tutorial   #photographyPhoto: Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The First 20 people to publicly share & +1 get 50% discount on the tutorial I will share the discount code after the first 20 shares & +1s:)

OK here is one more chance for those of you that missed the last one:)

This is the actual shot I processed in the tutorial. When you purchase you will receive a copy of the RAW file this was processed with and follow me on a step by step adventure through the post processing.

My star photography tutorial covers all the bases starting with RAW file conversion and digital blending; then, on to luminosity masks, and, finally, color correction as well as final edits in Photoshop.

Check out the link below for a full rundown.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/12/star-photography-post-processing.html

#plusphotoextract  not that it matters...
#stars   #nightphotography   #milkyway   #tutorial   #photoshoptutorials   #travel   #starphotographytutorial   #starphotography   #photography   #D800   #beach   #beautifulPhoto: Night Hawks
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

here is my first shot using the Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 fisheye. The lens is awesome!

#plusphotoextract   #seattle   #fisheye   #d800   #HDRPhoto: Fu@%Kin' Security
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

High Pass Sharpening Tutorial
I should really do these kinda tutorials more often, but I always get caught up processing the pictures and forget:( The tutorial at the bottom of the post covers my favorite and most often used sharpening method. Nik Sharpener also works wonders, sometimes I use both...
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/photoshop-tutorial-high-pass-sharpening.html

The Shot
Walking around downtown Seattle the first night after getting my Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye opened other worlds for me. I also had a run in with the usual power tripping security guard. He came up to me and told me that I would need to stop taking pictures of the building. Of course I responded with a line on how it was never illegal to take pictures. He proceeded to tell me he would call the cops. This was a great time to slam him for not being able to do the job himself... I went ahead with the diss, and he filed a hurt feelings report. Needless to say he eventually stood to the side as I snapped off a few shots... On a different note, this fisheye captures massive file sizes this one was 62MB and had to be downsized for the post. Enjoy!


#plusphotoextract   #fisheye   #d800   #HDR   #photoshoptutorials   #tutorialPhoto: *Here Today, Gone Tomorrow* from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com  I snapped this one off at the Seattle Waterfront a few weeks ago with my 16mmm fisheye.Photo: Icelandic Falls
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I barely remember taking this shot at Svartifoss last summer in Iceland, when the sun never sets sleep is hard to come by and everything feels like a dream.

Wana learn something about photography today? Check this stuff out:

Free HDR Tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

Post Processing Work Flow
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-post-processing-workflow-tutorial.html

Color Theory 101: Tips & Tricks
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/color-theory-101-tips-and-tricks.html

HDR Tips & Tricks
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/hdr-tips-tricks-101.html

EnjoY!!!

#plusphotoextract   #Iceland   #svartifoss   #photography   #HDR   #hdrphotography   #travel   #beautifulplanetearthPhoto: Under the Bridge
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I took this one on the #seattlephotowalk  a few days ago. We ended up getting some good light on the 12th Street bridge as well.

Interested in learning how to process some HDR shots? Check out my free tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

#HDR   #D800   #hdrphotography   #hdrtutorialPhoto: Dare to Dream from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comPhoto: And Then She Was Gone
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Kerry Park is a cool spot to shoot, but I'm just so tired of going there. The last time I went I decided to shoot the beautiful sunset instead of the city….

I used some of the tricks from my Color Theory 101 write up in this picture.... learn more here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/color-theory-101-tips-and-tricks.html

#D800   #KerryPark   #Seattle   #sunset   #photographyPhoto: Rock Bottom
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I just returned from an 8 day road trip to Yosemite meaning tons of new pics to add to my ever growing backlog. Thankfully Seattle winter weather has arrived which gives me the time to catch up on all that picture processing.

The Shot
Besides being a great place to take star photography, Ruby Beach Washington is also great for sunsets and rises as well as relaxing. This shot was taken an hour before sunset which allowed for some great light and amazing colors.

#plusphotoextract   #nikond800   #landscapephotographyPhoto: Hooded Lady of the Valley - Yosemite National Park, CA   If you didn't see the last post, I just found out I was one of the finalist for this years Smithsonian's 10th Annual Photo Contest. I would really appreciate your vote, no sign up necessary just click a 2 buttons and your done. You can click http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/10th-annual/Vote-for-the-10th-Annual-Photo-Contest-Viewers-Choice.html to vote, I am number 18# with my shot of the Milky Way and Mount Rainier.    The Shot I have been holding out on posting my Yosemite pictures, so I might as well start out big. I snapped this one off from Glacier Point as the sun light faded over the eastern horizon. Easily one of the coolest sunsets I have ever seen. My favorite part is the waterfall in the bottom righthand corner.  Fun Facts Full size 21,000 PX wide at 105MB file size. 3 single RAW shots processed in LR4 and stitched together in Photoshop Photomerge (which kicks ass in CS6). Then I used luminosity masking get coPhoto: Tip the Scales - Yosemite, California
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The clouds are clearing and it looks like I am all set for this weekends Star Photography Workshop at Mount Rainier. Hopefully the weather stays as nice as it is right now and makes for some great shots.

If you can't make the workshop I would highly recommend trying your hand at star photography this weekend. The moon sets around 11PM making for some really dark skies. Here is my Free Star Photography Tutorial [http://bit.ly/PiB5Wg] if you decide to give it a shot.

The Shot
I am sure everyone has seen a shot from this iconic spot in Yosemite National Park. When I visited the main goal was to walk away with some shots that didn't resemble the same shots I see from many other photographers which can sometimes be challenge.

#yosemitePhoto: Sticks & Stones - Yosemite National Park, CA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The first day of sales for my new Luminosity Masking Video Tutorial really took off. If you did not get a copy yet use the coupon code BIG30 upon checking out to get a 30% discount. You will also get a 16% discount from Tony Kuyper's Luminosity Mask Actions upon purchasing!
Full info here;
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/daves-luminosity-masking-tutorial.html

Looking for somewhere fun to travel this weekend? The "TAKE ME TO..." Section of this website, located on the righthand side bar includes a bunch of my different travel destinations. If you click on one of the locations/tags, North Cascades National Park for example, all of my pictures taken at that location will appear, including the blog posts that go with them. Another good place to feed your wanderlust is my Travel & Adventure Map which includes geo-tagged locations for each one of my pictures on a map interface.
Travel & Adventure Map:
http://maps.smugmug.com/?feedType=geoUser&Data=DaveMorrowPhotography&address=DaveMorrowPhotography&x=0&y=0

One more new and cool addition is the updated "What's in My Camera Bag" page, which now features a fully interactive menu to help you explore all of my camera gear and electronic toys.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/whats-in-dave-morrows-camera-bag.html

The Shot
Yosemite is easily one of my favorite places to take pictures, there are so many cool places to shoot at all hours of the day. I took this one walking through the woods just after the sun had become bright in the trees and the forest was waking up.

#yosemitenationalpark   #yosemite   #photography   #luminositymask   #photoshoptutorials   #photographytutorial   #D800   #photoshopPhoto: The Midnight Drive
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Driving into Yosemite from the East side is something I had never done before so why not give it a try? We arrived at Mono Lake a few hours before sunset and made some dinner trying to avoid bears at all costs. After the sun dipped below the horizon and the full moon rose we made the trip into Yosemite through Tioga Pass. Here is a shot I grabbed along the way...

PS I processed this with my Under the Stars Lightroom 4 Presets, you can find them here for 4.99$
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-lightroom-4-presets.html

#plusphotoextract   #yosemitenationalpark   #starphotography   #stars   #D800   #californiaPhoto: Galaxy Number 9
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The first 20 people to +1 AND share this post get 30% off my Star Photography Post Processing video tutorial.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/12/star-photography-post-processing.html

The Shot
Lake Tahoe was amazing, but this night was easily my favorite. After looking for the Bonsai Rock location for a while I finally came across what I wanted to shoot. I only had an hour or so to grab some shots of the Milky Way before the moon came out so I got to work. Here is one of the shots I captured that night. The water is so clear at Lake Tahoe you can see the rocks on the bottom.

My Free Star Photography Tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

#plusphotoextract   #milkywayphotography   #milkywaygalaxy   #starphotography   #stars   #nightphotography   #laketahoe   #bonsairock   #D800   #tutorialPhoto: Lost in Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

This part of the coast (Southern Iceland headed East towards Vik) was especially awesome in June because the Lupines are blooming and they light up the once green fields with blue. Some of the most amazing landscapes I have ever seen came on this long stretch of road, here is one of the shots I captured just after the sun dipped below the horizon around midnight.

Here is the Before & After post processing involved
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/lost-in-iceland.html

#iceland   #D800   #travel   #hdrphotography   #photography 
#plusphotoextractPhoto: The Seattle Underground
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Want to learn some of the HDR  Tricks that I use when processing these shots? Here is a new page I just put together with some good material on the subject & some example shots.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/hdr-tips-tricks-101.html

Did anyone catch the meteor showers last night? I was to tired to make it out, but hopefully there will be some pictures surfacing here and there.

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek

#nikond800 #hdrphotography #hdr #seattle #D800 #travelPhoto: Dear New York
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Interested in learning how I processed this shot? I just posted a new page on my website with Before & After post processing results of a few pictures.

http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/post-processing-before-after.html

I spent 2 weeks on the East Coast this past month, traveling through Philly, Maryland and then the Big Apple. Along the way I was able to catch 2 electronic music festivals and snap off 3000 or so pictures… Here is the first I have published from the Top of the Rock in NYC.


#plusphotoextract #nyc #photography #topoftherockPhoto: Night Tremors: Free Star Photography Lightroom Presets Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The first 40 people to share & +1 this post get my "Under the Stars" Lightroom Presets for free!

the free download code will be sent for the first 40 shares tomorrow, want them now they are only 4.99$

Follow the link to get the presets...
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-lightroom-4-presets.html

You can find my FREE Star Photography Tutorial here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

The Shot
My first time at Ruby Beach on the Olympic Peninsula was amazing. After a decent sunset I went back up to my car and had a few drinks and laid around waiting for the stars. After a while things started to dim down a bit and there it was the Milky Way. This night was like nothing I had ever seen, the stars were basically laying right on top of me. I laid there and stared into the sky forever...

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek Klimek 
#starphotography   #milkyway   #photography   #milkywaygalaxy   #starsPhoto: Shoot Me to the Stars: Star Photography Lightroom Presets Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The first 40 people to share & +1 this post get my "Under the Stars" Lightroom Presets for free!

Follow the link to get the presets...
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-lightroom-4-presets.html

the free download code will be sent for the first 40 shares tomorrow

You can find my FREE Star Photography Tutorial here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

The Shot
I went up to Sunrise Point at Mt. Rainier last weekend with my buddy +Keith Morgan. After a lame sunset, we waited for the Milky Way to come out. The placement was just perfect & the sky was pitch black! Time to jack up the ISO and shoot some stars… This was one of many from the night:)

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek 

#starphotography #milkyway #milkywaygalaxy #starsPhoto: Reach for the Sky
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Walking through the woods in the early morning and mid afternoon always produces some amazing light and shots, here is another one I captured at Mount Rainier National Park.

Here is my Crater Lake Star Photography workshop schedule as well
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/photography-workshop-crater-lake-oregon.html

#plusphotoextract   #D800   #hdrphotography   #starphotographyworkshopsPhoto: Road's End
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I provide a Post Processing: Before & After of this shot on my website at the link below
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/end-of-road.html

I listened to an awesome new This American Life episode on Mapping today. I think nearly everyone with a creative mind would find it interesting. I personally bought the iPhone app for 2.99$ and it's worth every penny.
Here is the link to the show
http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/110/mapping

The Shot
You may remember another shot I posted from this dock a few months back titled Battleship Grey it is still one of my best selling prints:) Coleman Park dock on the outskirts of Seattle is always a great place to have a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise, I usually end up bringing my camera as well, you know how that is...


#plusphotoextract   #hdrphotography   #NikonD800   #seattle     #sunrisePhoto: Journey to the End
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

You can find the full blog post here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/02/journey-to-end-new-york-city-ny.html

While in NYC I attempted to walk everywhere I went for the entire week without taking a cab. This was a great way to find awesome spots to shoot you don't normally see. Obviously this picture is not a good example. Who knows where this was taken?

#travel   #nyc   #HDR   #plusphotoextract   #D800   #nikonPhoto: Not All That Wander Are Lost - Central Park, NYC
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Just got back from a weekend on the Oregon Coast where the weather didn't play along quite as well as last weekend. We did catch a really awesome moon rise over the water and found an amazing camping spot on the ocean which made up for the lack of nice light.

On another note I have put up the new dates for my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop, grab a spot or email me with questions:)
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

The Shot
This classic view from Central Park in New York City was taken early one morning on my last day in the city. You really can't beat grabbing a coffee and bagel from a street stand and wandering the paths of the park before the sun comes up.

#centralpark   #NYC   #photography   #D800   #travel   #newyorkcityphotography   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Rock This - Manhattan, NYC
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I currently have a 15% discount for Topaz Labs or HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix software packages. Head over to my site to grab the coupon code.

The Shot:
All my shots from NYC run together to the point that I have no idea when this was taken, just that what you see in front of you is Chinatown NYC. I also remember squeezing my 14-24mm lens through a very small crack to get the view seen here. None the less it's a very cool place to wander, explore and get some amazing food so check it out for yourself:)

#topazlabs   #photomatix   #travel   #NYC   #hdrphotography   #Nikond800   #Newyorkcity   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Build this City - Manhattan, NYC
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

For those of you that want to take one of my star photography workshops this summer, I have just announced 4 new dates that are on sale now. I have sold 8 of them in the past 48 hours so spots are going fast, sign up before they sell out:) Full info at the link below.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

The Shot
I plan on heading back to NYC this summer & I haven't even touched the tip of the Iceberg when it comes to processing pictures from my last trip... Better get to work!

#NYC   #starphotographyworkshops   #photographyworkshops   #learnphotographyPhoto: The Gift
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I took this early one morning as the light crept into a Manhattan Subway entrance. While my brackets were snapping off the nosy security guard came and gave the usually run around.

#HDR   #NYC   #D800   #travelPhoto: Big Dreams - Manhattan, NYC
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Today I purchased my airfare for a 10 day adventure in China, starting in middle October. There are no firm plans yet but Beijing, Hong Kong and Guilin are all on the list... maybe there are a few more spots that I can sneak in along the way.... Any suggestions?

On another note, I want to thank everyone that's visited my website and/or Free Star Photography Tutorial. Due to all your visits it's now the Number 1 Star Photography Tutorial on the web. Thank you! You can find all my tutorials free and paid at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com/learnphotography for those of you that may be interested:)

The Shot
Another capture from NYC looking over the river towards downtown Manhattan. A few hours before snapping this shot I caught one of the most amazing sunrises from the Brooklyn Bridge. After it was over, there wasn't a reason to stop wandering for another hour or so and grab a coffee along the way as the light began to fade. After a bit exploring I ended up on the other side of the river and found a great view of the city in the morning light. For me spending mornings this exact same way in different cities around the world never seems to get old...

#NYC   #D800   #photographytips   #photographytutorial   #travel   #newyorkcity   #plusphotoextractPhoto: New Dawn - Manhattan, New York - Free HDR Video Tutorial
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

For those of you that didn't know, you can find my Free HDR Video Tutorial here: http://bit.ly/UjMZLg

There were two more signups for my In the Field Star Photography Workshops today, find out more by clicking the link [ http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL ] I think there are only 7 left total, which will most likely sell out within 3 weeks at this rate...

I put in another 8 hours of web design today, things are starting to come along a little bit for such a steep learning curve. Even though it's a huge paint I am actually enjoying all the stuff that goes along with the project.

The Shot:
I got on a kick of posting shots of NYC lately, but the best is yet to come. This shot on the other hand I still find really cool.

#newyorkcity   #statueofliberty   #NYC   #nycphotography   #travel   #newyork   #plusphotoextract   #hdrtutorial   #tutorial   #photographytutorialPhoto: Chasin' the Perseids
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Interested in learning to take shots just like this? It's easy, I'll show you how in my free tutorial provided below:) Enjoy!

Free Milky Way & Star Photography Tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

Free Star Trails Photography Tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/03/StarTrailsPhotographyTutorial.html

Enjoy...
#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek
#d800 #starphotography #perseids #meteorshowerPhoto: Journey to the Heavens - Ruby Beach, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

There are only a few days left to vote for my picture in the Smithsonian Photography Contest Finals. I have pulled into first place and would love to win this thing! Please help me by clicking the link below and voting for my shot which is number 18. After selecting the picture just scroll to the bottom and click submit. You can vote once every 24 hours.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/10th-annual/Vote-for-the-10th-Annual-Photo-Contest-Viewers-Choice.html

The Shot
One of my favorite places to shoot star photography is the Olympic Peninsula, there is just something great about the Milky Way combined with water and the beach. I found a small bridge made of logs crossing a stream on Ruby Beach and thought it was cool enough to capture, so here ya go...
#starphotography   #milkywayphotography   #starphotographytutorial   #photographytutorialPhoto: The Night Watch- Ruby Beach, WA - Free Star Photography Tutorial Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Free Star Photography Tutorial: http://bit.ly/PiB5Wg

In the Field Star Photography Workshops @ Mount Rainier: http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL

Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops: http://bit.ly/12haP3R

Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial:
http://bit.ly/ZhO7Yz

Under the Stars Lightroom 4 Presets:
http://bit.ly/ZRwKsL

Star Photography Portfolio:
http://smu.gs/ZzgJvT

This will be my last day posting to the blog for a week, I am headed off to Italy for a much needed vacation. We are landing in Venice, then traveling Cinque Terre & the last destination is Rome. Hopefully there will be some great weather, lots of new pictures, along with some amazing food & lots of wine. If you want to learn some star photography while I'm gone, here are some useful links to do so.

The Shot
During my last Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop we processed this shot. I really like how it turned out. The night it was taken at Ruby Beach Washington was one of the darkest nights I have ever seen. The Milky Way felt so bright that it seemed to hang right over the ocean.

#milkywayphotography   #milkyway   #starphotographytutorial   #freestarphotographytutorial   #D800   #photographytutorial   #photoshoptutorials   #starphotographyworkshops   #photographyworkshops   #stars   #rubybeachPhoto: Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The First 20 people to publicly share & +1 get 50% discount on the tutorial
I will share the discount code after the first 20 shares & +1s:)

I have put a ton of work into this 3 part video tutorial that covers my entire Star Photography Digital Workflow. With my step by step digital workflow tutorial you will master night sky photography post processing in no time. My star photography tutorial covers all the bases starting with RAW file conversion and digital blending; then, on to luminosity masks, and, finally, color correction as well as final edits in Photoshop. I provide you with the files to follow along with me as we process these shots...

Check out the link below for a full rundown.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/12/star-photography-post-processing.html

#plusphotoextract   #stars   #milkywayphotography   #milkyway   #starphotography   #tutorial   #photoshoptutorials   #lightroomtutorial   #nightsky   #photography   #D800   #rubybeachPhoto: *The Night Goddess - Ruby Beach, WA* from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com The first 15 people to "Like" & "Share" this post will get half off my Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorials. http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/12/star-photography-post-processing.html The Shot: Ruby beach has quickly become one of my favorite places for photography, especially star photography. I've been looking for some other star shots from Ruby, but can't seem to find any. Feel free to share your links to star shots in the comments below!Photo: Star Photography Tutorial: Part I
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Here is my new start photography tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

Interested in learning how to process these shots? I provide personal instruction as well.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/1-on-1-personal-instruction.html

please share with your friends:)

I have been getting a million & one questions lately about how I take pictures of the night sky. Personally I think that's awesome, keep them coming.

Currently a tutorial is in the works that will include field instruction, post processing tips as well as an added bonus Lightroom Presets for the night sky.

About the Shot
Panorama composed of 11 images shot at Ruby Beach on the Washington Coast. Total Size 300MP.
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek Klimek 
#nikond800   #starphotography   #tutorial   #photography 
#widewednesdaypanorama hosted by +Ken McMahonPhoto: Sunset 473
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Want to find out how I saturated the correct colors on this picture? Check out my Color Thoery 101: Tips & Tricks page
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/color-theory-101-tips-and-tricks.html

It's fun to find a picture sitting on your computer that you processed a long time ago. I keep all my finished photos in iPhoto and right now I have 100 of them waiting to be posted. Hopefully inspiration will stay high and that number will grow. Enough rambling here is a standard Seattle sunset from the waterfront.

#seattle   #D800   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Skyfire
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Another cool location from my PACNW Top 50 Set. I haven't seen this comp yet, so I'll call first:)
here is the set if you wana check it out
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062/

If you want to learn how to process these shots, check out my FREE HDR Tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

The Shot
I just got back from a refreshing(left my camera in Seattle) trip back to the east coast filled with drinking, food, friends and family. Contrary to what I thought may happen it was great not having my camera around.

PS: Headed to Maui for 8 days in December, just got the confirmation on our camper that we will be living in for the week. Any suggestion on must see spots?

#plusphotoextract   #seattle   #sunset   #hdrphotography   #hdrtutorial   #HDR   #photographyPhoto: Rafter's Revenge - Franklin Falls, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Last was spent doing some website design which included some fun new additions to the site... can you find them? One of them has to do with my Summer Star Photography Workshops which you should sign up for right now. NOW! Here is the link: http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL

The Shot
Franklin Falls is just an awesome place for a Sunday afternoon hike and some beers, photos, or anything else that may strike your interest. I got wind of the place from my buddy The Starving Photographer. This guy is an insane photographer, trust me check out his site. Here is what came of my trip to the location... If your interested in some tips on how to shoot waterfalls check out this quick and easy How To Video I posted early in the week.

The Starving Photographer @ www.StarvingPhotographer.com

Waterfall Shooting Tips on YouTube:
http://youtu.be/RVQRTunyrGE

#hdrphotography   #seattle   #waterfalls   #photographytutorialPhoto: Old Friend
from www.DMCustomCreations.com

My backlog of photos at this point in time is over 8000, which is never a bad thing. With the winter coming there will be plenty of time to process them. Here is one from Palouse Falls that was taken at the beginning of the summer. The light was not quit as epic as I had hoped for, but it still made for a beautiful sunset.

For all of you that still want that star photography tutorial, don't worry. It's in the works.....

Just booked a flight for the East Coast and one of the largest cities in the world. Gonna escape for 4 days and take lots of pics.

PS: if you are interested in some beautiful spots to shoot in the PACNW, check out my set here href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062

Enjoy!

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek
#palousefalls #D800Photo: Another Night Out
from www.DMCustomCreations.com

Interested in traveling the Pacific Northwest? Here are some great spots, all geo-tagged for your enjoyment.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062/with/7928253000/

Ouch, back to reality tomorrow. Had a great weekend on the East Coast. Got to shoot one of the coolest places ever, an old jail.

Here is another one of my favorite spots to shoot in Seattle. There are great views of the city and the Needle. Surprisingly I have not seen this composition before.
#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek Klimek 
#seattle   #D800Photo: Everything Under the Sun
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

If you missed my star photography tutorial I posted with the last shot, you can find it here :
www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

Here is the newest edition to the PACNW Top 50 Set(http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062/with/8043271941/), which was taken at Discovery Park. I went down to grab some shots with my buddy Connor & the light did not look like it was gonna do much, then the sky lit up with this amazing color. I guess I got lucky enough to have a boat floating right in from of my lens.

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: *The Devils Den* from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comPhoto: Battleship Grey
by www.DMCustomCreations.com

Here is a new addition to the ever increasing PACNW Top 50 Set. I have been traveling my ass off this summer to try and complete this thing. Not spending the weekend in the back of my X-Terra is a failure at this point, time is short, and there are a lot more places to shoot.

You can find the set here--->
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062/with/7873501776

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek

#longexposure #minimalism #D800 #nikon #blue #seattlePhoto: Fly Away 
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Check out my FREE post processing workflow tutorial, I bet you find some fun tips and tricks:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-post-processing-workflow-tutorial.html

A capture from where? Oh yeah Gasworks Park, if you haven't been there to photograph, relax or enjoy a warm sunday afternoon and currently reside in the city of Seattle you are failing. Google map it right now, trust me you will be glad you did:)

#seattle   #plusphotoextract   #hdr   #d800   #spaceneedle   #photoshoptutorials   #tutorialsPhoto: Seattle W.T.F
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

One of the craziest skies I have ever seen over Seattle. What is everyone doing for NYE? I'm going to see Rusko & Doc P in downtown Seattle.

#hdrphotography   #plusphotoextract   #seattlePhoto: *Take It or Leave it - Cannon Beach, OR* from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com One of my favorite spots to make a weekend trip in the summer, Cannon Beach seems to have it all. I caught this shot as the sun peaked over the eastern horizon last summer. I still need some more participants for my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop, anyone out there interested? I promise we'll have a blast & you will learn a lot along the way. http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.htmlPhoto: Cannon Blast - Cannon Beach, Oregon
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Well there are 5 hours left in the Smithsonian Photography Contest I am in the lead by 2%. Thank you all for the massive effort you have put in when voting for me each day. The best part is you no longer have to hear about it hahaha:) If you want to put one last vote in you can do so below I am number 18. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/10th-annual/Vote-for-the-10th-Annual-Photo-Contest-Viewers-Choice.html

Due to mass demand I have added 4 more dates to my star photography workshops. I will be releasing the website page which includes the payment options, this Sunday afternoon around 3-5PM pacific time, so keep an eye out:)

The Shot
Another shot from the amazing Cannon Beach. I took this one while sitting next to a blazing fire we had made on the beach. I really like Oregon's beaches because you can pretty much do whatever you like, including camping, driving, fires, drinking, sleeping and so on. If you look closely you can see the Big Dipper up there as well.
#starphotographyworkshops   #starphotography   #cannonbeach   #oregon   #D800   #beach   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Cannon Blast - Cannon Beach, OR
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

During the summer my girlfriend Meg and I often explore the Oregon Coast. This is easily one of our favorite places to lay around and spend the day having a few drinks. Usually I'll snap off some pictures here and there too.Photo: Run Through the Night
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I snapped this one off in the Mount Baker Wilderness during the Perseids Meteor Showers this past summer. You can find more of my star shots here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/search/label/The%20Milky%20Way


#starphotography   #plusphotoextract   #photography   #travel   #D800Photo: And There I Was, Lost in the Night
from www.DMCustomCreations.com

Here is another star shot for you guys & gals. I am currently working on putting together a "Star Tutorial", which will include a field guide on how to set your camera up for this kinda stuff. Second, a post processing guide on how to make your RAW files do exactly what you want. This is key to any picture of the night sky. Alot of people know exactly how to shoot the stars, then never make them pop out in post processing.

Time for me to head out on another 3 day weekend of traveling the PACNW and sleeping in the back of my Xterra, nothing better than that. I am about half way through my check list of summer locations to shoot. You can see the ones I have processed so far here. There are a ton more waiting on my comp.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062/

Later guys....

#D800   #nightphotography   #starphotography   #photography   #stars 

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: These Stars Align - Picture Lake, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

If you want to learn how I take and process these shots sign up for my In the Field or Online Star Photography Workshops. MOre info below:

Summer Star Photography Workshops:
http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL

Online Star Photography Post Processing Workshops:
http://bit.ly/12haP3R

I also provide what has become the Internets Number One Star Photography Tutorial, which is also free:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

From this point on I'll post a new star shot every Friday. I have so many star shots on the computer that are not processed and about 10 sitting in iPhoto waiting to go online, so let's get on with it. This weekend is looking pretty good for a trip to the Columbia River Gorge and catch some falls and hopefully not to much rain. Have a good weekend everyone, if you wana tune into where I'm traveling & shooting check the On the Road iPhone Photostream!

iPhone Photo-Stream:
http://smu.gs/154bKFT


The Shot
Looking through my pictures files I just released this was the 2nd star photo I ever took, so everything was still in the extreme experimental phase. I still think it turned out pretty cool. — at Mount Baker, Washington


#starphotographyworkshops   #starphotography   #milkyway   #mountbaker   #stars   #nightphotography   #milkywayphotography   #starphotographytutorial   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Remember the Night - Picture Lake, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Just got done packing all my camping gear, it's off to Mount Rainier for my first star photography workshop of the season. Anyone else gonna be up there this weekend? Maybe we will run into you. None the less, happy shooting...

Star Photography Workshops
http://bit.ly/10ZPmGL

Free Star Photography Tutorial
http://bit.ly/PiB5Wg

Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial
http://bit.ly/ZhO7Yz

The Shot
Mount Baker is another one of those locations where the nights are so dark you can barely see your own hand. If you wana capture some great star shots I highly recommend this location. I took this one at Picture Lake which always seems to be photogenic. There are some great hikes in the area as well if you aren't into this whole photography thing.

#starphotography   #milkyway   #stars   #starphotographyworkshops   #starphotographytutorialPhoto: When Worlds Collide

I went up to Mount Baker to shoot the Milky way last night with +Keith Morgan and a few others. It was so dark the Milky Way was visible to the human eye. What do you think a camera can see in the night sky?

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek Klimek 

#perseids   #perseids2012   #meteorshower   #milkywaygalaxy   #milkyway   #starphotographyPhoto: Picture Lake Sunrise
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Picture Lake is great place to catch a sunset, some stars, and then sunrise. I camp right by the lake and lay out watching the stars, grab a few hours of sleep, and wake up for some coffee and the sunrise.

With boring skies on my last trip to picture lake what better time to take advantage of some texture blending? I think it works out well in this one.

#textureblendphotography   #plusphotoextract   #picturelake   #hdrphotography   #photography   #HDRPhoto: *Tatoosh Dreams - Mount Rainier NP, WA* from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com  I snapped this one off on one of the many trips to Mount Rainier this summer with the one and only Starving Photographer. Check out his stuff to if you get a chance, it is amazing. www.starvingphotographer.com  Here is the full blog post: http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/02/tatoosh-dreams-mount-rainier-np-wa.htmlPhoto: ‎*Chasing the Sunset*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

This was easily one of the best sunsets I have seen in the Pacific Northwest. While waiting to take some star/milky way shots at Reflection Lakes I snapped this one off.

#plusphotoextract   #sunset   #photography   #mountrainier   #HDR   #hdrphotographyPhoto: The Photographer's Apprentice

I spent this past weekend at Mount Rainier where I took this picture at Reflection Lake. This is made of 6 photos stitched together in photoshop and totals 226 Megapixels and 125MB full size. Also randomly ran into +Keith Morgan who threatened me not to post any pictures from my trip...

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek Klimek 

#stars   #D800   #mountrainier   #seattlePhoto: Night Falls on the Crater - Crater Lake, OR
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

WOW these star workshops are selling faster than I thought possible, thanks for your support everyone, we are going to have a blast out there this summer:) Half the spots are gone, the other half are for anyone that grabs one. More info at the link below:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

I might be working on a package of textures that I will eventually provide to the general public:) I thought it would be easy to do such a project but it ended up taking a lot more time than I had planned. None the less they are coming along nicely, I have 200ish so far. You can see one of them in the following picture & get your hands on them in the following months.

The Shot
My first trip to Crater Lake was a random trip down the Oregon Coast, while down there I was to close (within 5 hours) not to visit this awesome landmark.

#starphotographyworkshop   #photographyworkshops   #starphotographytutorial   #craterlake   #oregon   #plusphotoextract   #oregon   #hdrphotographyPhoto: *Rise - Crater Lake, Oregon*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

It looks like summer has finally arrived in Seattle, knock on wood! After 3 weeks without touching Photoshop it's about time to dust it off and get things going again. Hopefully those creative juices are ready to pump out some awesome photos! I also have two updates for my workshops as follows, just click the title for full details.

*In the Field Star Photography Workshops July 13th - (1) Spot Remains* http://bit.ly/11iaklR

*Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop August 4th - (4) Spots Remain* http://bit.ly/10k5yEj

*The Shot*
Last year around this time I ventured down to Crater Lake on a quick 4 day push through the Oregon Coast and on to the massive lake. This year will bring the same, but hopefully some better skies. It was clear and beautiful the entire time, but as a photographer, this is not always my wish:) The moon on the other hand was just awesome as it danced through the evening sky. — at Crater Lake National ParkPhoto: Lost & Found
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

OK OK, I know enough star photography crap, moving on, here is a shot taken at a secret location on the Pacific Coast, anyone know what state it's in?

Headed to Maui for 8 days but I'll release a free video tutorial on sharpening using high pass filter before departure... stay tuned:)

#HDR   #plusphotoextract   #travel   #pacificcoast   #beach   #Nikon   #D800Photo: Dreams - The Oregon Coast
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Here is a shot I took this past summer on one of my road trips down the Oregon Coast. I think this spot is near Cape Kiwanda Park.

#oregoncoast   #plusphotoextract 
#oregon   #photography   #HDR   #travel   #sunrisePhoto: Load the Cannons
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

This has been sitting finished on my computer for a bit, figured everyone might need some warmth in their cold winter nights...
I took it at Cannon Beach last summer during a lazy day of beer and sun.

If you missed it before, I am offering star photography workshops this summer. Find more info at the link below:)
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/12/under-stars-night-photography-workshop.html

#plusphotoextract   #D800   #HDR   #D800   #cannonbeach   #oregon   #photographyPhoto: Doom by www.DMCustomCreations.comPhoto: Reach by www.DMCustomCreations.comPhoto: Just Another Sunset

I took this one at Snoqualmie Falls as the sun was getting ready to drop over the horizon. The colors and light on the trees was amazing and everything was lit up in color.

Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself--->  www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062Photo: Don't Look Back Now
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Who has Stuck On Earth for their iPad? If you do my Pacific North West Top 50 Set is now featured on there which will let you easily find some great spots to shoot when you are in the region.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062

http://www.stuckonearthapp.com/

The Shot
have only been out to shoot sunset at Snoqualmie Falls one time and I got lucky, it was beautiful. The clouds were everything you could ask for and the light was amazing. I grabbed this shot a while after the sun dropped over the horizon. I actually prefer shots after the sun has set, I find the color to be a lot nicer and the photo much easier to process.
See how I processed this shot and my other HDR shots in my FREE HDR Video Tutorial
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html


#plusphotoextract   #photography   #hdrtutorial   #tutorial   #photoshoptutorials   #travel   #waterfall   #landscapephotography   #snoqualmiefallsPhoto: *If Only in My Mind* from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com I gotta mix things up once in a while so here it goes... This night brought a vivid sunset, but instead of shooting directly into the sun I decided to walk around in the woods for a bit and see what I could find. The light through the trees was vivid and dreamy and the sound of nothing was ever-present. Feel free to use it as your desktop background. I used some of my HDR Tips & Tricks to process this shot, you can find them at the link below. http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/hdr-tips-tricks-101.htmlPhoto: A Night at the Fairmont by www.DMCustomCreations.comPhoto: Land & Sea

Talk about desolation, I took this shot around 3 am in the middle of no where Iceland, just after watching a shark circle the cold waters of the Greenland Sea. A surreal time in my life for sure. The sun just sits there as the excitement builds for the impending sunrise, after a few min I hoped in the camper and raced for Kirkjufell waterfall & some great light.

You can find the rest of my photos at www.DMCustomCreations.com

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek
#iceland #d800Photo: A Day in the Sun

One of the first days driving through Iceland the weather was pretty intense. Rain, sun, wind, clouds, great photo conditions. This is a shot of some Blue Lupines that seem to grow all over the place. I've been messing around with some new combinations of color and light, hopefully your eyes enjoy it;)

You can find all my photos at www.DMCustomCreations.com

#D800 #landscapephotography #icelandPhoto: The San Fran Man
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Walking around Chinatown in San Francisco is a blast especially during a warm day when people are out walking around all over the place. If you're into taking pictures of people or people watching in general this is an awesome spot to hang out. I don't post many pictures of people, but it doesn't mean I don't have a million of them on my computer.... do you guys like this kinda shot?

PS that was his normal face, he might even be happy lol


#sanfrancisco   #photography   #D800   #travel   #blackandwhitephotography   #niksilverefexpro2Photo: Sounds of the City - San Francisco, California
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Downtown San Francisco is a great place for street photography, here is a random snapshot I took while exploring the city. I always find it a fun and amuzing game to see what I can turn into an interesting shot.

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on High Pass Sharpening
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/photoshop-tutorial-high-pass-sharpening.html

#sanfrancisco   #travel   #architecturephotography   #photography   #D800Photo: City by the Bay
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Something about wandering around any unfamiliar city late at night appeals to me, add a bottle of wine or flask to the mix and I'm right at home. For some strange reason my favorite shots in the field and in post processing come between the hours of midnight and 5 am.

I use the same workflow for all my HDR photos, you can find a quick video tutorial I made on it below:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-post-processing-workflow-tutorial.html

PS check out the wedding shoot at the end of the pier..

#plusphotoextract   #sanfrancisco   #HDR   #hdrphotography   #Nikon   #D800   #californiaPhoto: Losin' My Religion: FREE HDR Video Tutorial Included
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

While out looking for new compositions in San Francisco I came across the Grace Cathedral, it was locked up for the night so I had to make do with this shot...

Interested in how to process some HDR Photography? Check out the link below.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

#sanfrancisco   #hdrtutorial   #HDR   #nikond800 
#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: Big City Bound - San Francisco, CA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I had a great time teaching a group of students Star Photography Post Processing this weekend and taking care of a bunch of Photoshop work on my own.

The Shot
I find this view of San Francisco to be really intriguing, especially in the fog. Unfortunately there were not any great sunsets when I was there last, which only means another trip is due in the near future...
Here is the blog post
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/02/big-city-bound-san-francisco-ca.html

#hdrphotography   #sanfrancisco   #travel   #plusphotoextractPhoto: *As We Part Ways* from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comPhoto: Alone in the High Desert

Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself--->  www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062

This was my first 28 hours with no sleep in Iceland. No idea, when or where it started on ended. But Once I pushed through the first night, and kept shooting the next day, time seemed to stop. I pulled over on the side of the road in the freezing cold and windy highlands to get a shot of this awesome desolate shack. There was nothing for miles on end, besides myself and my camera. Great times…

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek
#d800 #iceland #hdrphotographyPhoto: The Wind & The Door

Latrabjarg Iceland is home to thousands of Puffins as well as this awesome light house. Deep in the West Fjords it does taking some driving time off the beaten path, but all the better to stay away from the hordes of tourist that flock to the country in Mid June. We arrived around 5 am, and hung out around the puffins taking pictures for an hour or so, then I wandered off and took this shot of the light house.

Enjoy….

Details/Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and Quick Release Clamp + Nikon D800 L-Bracket

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek

#iceland #d800Photo: The Midnight Sun

I took this my last night in Iceland. As usual I was driving around the Fjords looking for fun spots to shoot. There are so many waterfalls that they almost become the norm over time, but with the sun dipping below the horizon this one looked amazing.

#iceland   #sunset 
#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: I Waited, And You Never Came

Walking around Seattle is great, stop at a bar here and there buy a drink and move on…. I really enjoy my nights wandering about the different parts of the city. So many fun people to take pics of, and things to see.

#seattle #d800 #sunset 

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: My Witness is the Empty Sky

This was one of those sunsets in Iceland where everything is covered in a blanket of yellow and orange. There are beautiful compositions in all directions and you can not fire off shots fast enough...

Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself--->  www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062
#iceland   #sunset   #d800 
#plusphotoextract   hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: Mindlessly, WIth No Question, She Said

I took this at the St. James Cathedral in Seattle. If you can time is just right the sun pours through the hole in the middle of the ceiling and there is amazing light all over the place...

Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself--->  www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek Klimek 

#seattlePhoto: Midnight at the Hallgrimskirkja by www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comPhoto: Wheelin' & Dealin' by www.DMCustomCreations.comPhoto: Dawn on the Blue Lagoon - Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Here are more of my pics from Iceland
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/search/label/Iceland

the Shot
I took this around 4 am on my last day in Iceland. Walking around in the middle of no where surrounded by blue water in the early hours of the Icelandic
morning is quite a surreal experience.

You can read more on my trip to Iceland in my newest blog post:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/02/dawn-on-blue-lagoon-iceland.html

#iceland   #photography   #plusphotoextract   #bluelagoon   #travel   #europePhoto: We Told You What to Dream - Reykjavic, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Check out all my Free Photography Tutorials here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/tutorials-photography-post-processing.html

Well it's that time of month again, the moon is setting as the Milky Way rises and I'm headed out to shoot some stars. It's always a struggle deciding where to shoot, with so many places, heading one way always makes you feel like your missing out on the other....

The Shot
Touching down in any foreign land is always great, the world is in front of you and nothing stands in the way saying, "No". Something about that feeling has always intrigued me, Iceland was no different, what an awesome to place to spend a few weeks in the middle of nowhere.

#icelandPhoto: Ride On - West Fjords, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

While out in the Olympic Peninsula shooting streams and waterfalls last weekend along with Second Beach, I decided to make a quick "How To" video on shooting waterfalls. I took it with my iPhone so the quality isn't great, but I still think there are some great tips in there. Enjoy!
http://youtu.be/RVQRTunyrGE

For anyone that is interested in my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop, I just added the dates for May. I also recently put up new dates for my In the Field Star Photography Workshops. Feel free to drop me a line if you have questions about either...
Online:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

In the Field:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html


The Shot
I clearly don't remember much of this shoot, it was my last day of 10, living out of a camper in the West Fjords of Iceland. None the less June is really an amazing time to visit the country, the sunrises and sets last for 3-5 hours depending on the weather and light. It is truly a photographers' paradise!

#photographytutorial   #tutorial   #iceland   #europe   #D800   #plusphotoextractPhoto: 5 Wise Guys - Vik, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I had a great weekend exploring the Olympic Peninsula and doing some camping at Crescent Lake & Second Beach with Meg & Paul. I would highly recommend each place to spend the night, make a fire and do some relaxing... I have provided the GPS coordinates from the weekend below. Just copy and paste the GPS into Google Maps and boom!
Second Beach - [47.887428,-124.624701]
Lake Crescent - [48.054261,-123.79976]

The Shot
Since I am sharing lots of water and ocean locations today, why not post a shot from an amazing small town on the Southern Coast of Iceland. If you go to Iceland, Vik is a must for their black beaches and famous little church that sits on the hill.

#iceland   #d800   #europe   #photography   #Vikiceland   #travel   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Calm Before the Storm
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Southern Iceland has some of the most rugged terrain and amazing glaciers I have ever seen. I took this one when walking down the glacier at Skaftafell National Park just before a nasty storm rolled in.

#plusphotoextract   #iceland   #glacier   #nikond800   #travel   #hdrphotographyPhoto: The Gorge - Vik, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

This was the picture that I processed in my Free HDR Video Tutorial. I took it on the Southern Coast of Iceland near Vik. If you are ever in Iceland make sure you go to Vik, it is a really cool town with amazing black beaches, and beautiful landscapes.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

#hdrtutorial   #Iceland   #vik   #hdrphotography   #plusphotoextract   #travel   #europePhoto: *The Triad - Vík, Iceland*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Topaz Labs is having a sale right now, you can get their entire bundle for 100$ dollars off the list price. I really like their stuff, and find it to add a much needed flair to some of the shots I post. I used a few of the presets and blended them in on the shot below. You can click through [http://bit.ly/10nYw3J] to get the Topaz Link and discount code on my website.

I spent my afternoon doing some odds & ends as well as planning an upcoming China trip for the fall. Beijing, Hong Kong and Guilin look like awesome places to explore & snap some pictures along the way.

*The Shot*
Just getting back from Iceland last week, it seems like a good time to bust out pictures from my previous trip. Here is one from the quaint town of Vik which lies on the Southern Coast of the island. — at Vik, IcelandPhoto: It Was All a Dream
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I have stopped posting as much to G+, I find Facebook to be a much better place to interact with actual fans and photographers at the same time. I still share a photo a day there, add me if you like at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/dave.morrow

I have a new In the Field HDR How To Video upon my website you can find it here: http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/03/it-was-all-dream-gullfoss-iceland.html

Finally getting around to processing a bunch of my Iceland pics, here is one from the world famous Gullfoss.

#iceland   #gullfoss   #D800   #hdrtutorial   #travelPhoto: Misty Mountains & The House of Sheep - West Fjords, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I leave for a 10 day trip to Italy this Saturday and have decided to take a break from posting to this website while I'm gone. A nice relaxing vacation without internet sounds great just about now. On my return it will be business as usual with a shot every day less the weekends:) We are headed to Venice for the first stop, any suggestions for must see places?

If you would like to learn how I processed this shot, check out my FREE HDR Video Tutorial.
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html

The Shot
The West Fjords of Iceland are beautiful and there are more sheep than people in this part of the country. You can wander around for days and not see a soul, it's a great experience.

#iceland   #travel   #hdrtutorialPhoto: Adventures in Ísafjörður - West Fjords, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

After a weekend of star photography workshops, and little sleep it felt great to get a full 6 hours of shut eye. After clicking "publish" on this post it's time to pack for Iceland, where the 4 hour sunsets and sunrises keep me busy for days. As for my other workshops this summer, there is 1 spot left in each of my July Star sessions. Head on over to my Summer Star Photography Workshops page for full details. http://bit.ly/11iaklR


The Shot
It's been around 350 days or so since I took this shot & since I am headed back to Ísafjörður tomorrow, why not post a shot? I really liked adventuring through this town in the early morning around 3 AM when no one was awake, it was a complete ghost town.

#icelandPhoto: Blue Dawn - Ísafjörður, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Deep in the North West Fjords of Iceland lies the Small town of Ísafjörður. This is about the closest to the middle of no where and the Arctic Circle that I have ever been. None the less it is an awesome town with beautiful Fjords rising up on all sides of it, if you ever travel to Iceland make sure to take this drive.

#iceland   #plusphotoextract   #Ísafjörður   #HDR   #europe   #photographPhoto: *Wild Horses - West Fjords, Iceland*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Returning from Iceland sparked me to look through all the old Icelandic pictures sitting on my hard drive. There are a bunch I have processed and not posted. At time it's hard to remember that there are so many un-posted pictures sitting on the computer. Now if there were only a tool that would post them on every social network at the same time annnnnd do a good job at it. Off to enjoy a lazy Sunday, with some reading, breakfast and maybe a beer or two.

*The Shot*
I spent a sunrise deep in the West Fjords in a field of horses, knee deep in mud and who knows what else. None the less these guys were really friendly and fun to hang out with.Photo: Free Fall
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

There are only 2K or so untouched pictures from Iceland on my computer, maybe Ill get some of them processed this winter. This one was taken somewhere in the West Fjords around sunset.

#plusphotoextract   #Iceland   #westfjords   #travel   #photography   #hdrphotographyPhoto: ‎*32 Hours & Counting*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

You can find all my Iceland pics here:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/search/label/Iceland

I would consider Kirkjufellfoss my second favorite waterfall in Iceland. On the other hand I have not seen them all which means a trip back to the island seems perfectly necessary. I took this one after being up for hours on end. As soon as the sun was up we set up shop at the bottom of the falls and got some sleep.

#plusphotoextract   #iceland   #kikjufellfoss   #waterfalls   #photography   #europe   #sunrise   #D800   #hdrphotographyPhoto: In a Foreign Land - West Fjords, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I just got back from a weekend trip to the Gorge in Oregon. The waterfalls and spring greens were in full effect which made for some great shots. We also managed to get some star shots with a creepy old house that should turn out really cool.

I also managed to put up the new dates for my May Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop. There are 6/9 spots left at this time:)
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

That being said in the Field Star Workshops are still for sale. There are 4 different summer dates for you to choose from!
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

The Shot
Another shot from the beautiful West Fjords of Iceland. I processed this one using exposure fusion on Photomatix. If you like the results and want to try the program for yourself, head on over to my latest blog post to get the coupon code for a 15% discount:)

Latest Blog Post: http://bit.ly/ZwCXcq

#iceland   #starphotographyworkshops   #starphotography   #photographyworkshops   #starphotography   #D800Photo: Icelandic House of the Dead at Mind - West Fjords, Iceland
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Fridays from here on out the rest of the year I am going to post a new star photo to my website and all the social networks. This should be a fun and challenging tasks which will also keep me running around all week taking star shots. No complaints... For those of you that want to learn about star photography I offer a Free Star Photography Tutorial as well as In the Field Star Photography Workshops @ Mount Rainier National Park! Sign up today.
Free Star Tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/tutorial-shooting-night-sky.html

In the Field Workshops:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/p/under-stars-photography-workshops.html

The Shot
As for today I have a really fun & somewhat creepy shot from the West Fjords of Iceland. It took me a while to finally get this one done in post processing, but here it is... Enjoy! If you want to learn how I processed this shot check out my Free HDR Tutorial:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/daves-free-hdr-tutorial.html


#freehdrtutorial   #HDRtutorial   #starphotographytutorial   #Iceland   #HDRphotography   #photography   #plusphotoextract   #D800   #photoshoptutorialsPhoto: When I Got the Music
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Sometimes simple "snapshots" are really fun, I clicked this off in the Queen Anne District of Seattle and processed it using one of Trey Ratcliff's Lightroom 4 Presets. Does anyone have some recommendations for some fun presets that I can download? I always find them to be an inspirational way to start or finish a picture.


#lightroom   #lightroompresets   #seattle   #D800   #travelPhoto: *The Dreaming Tree
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

My brain is still recovering from last night, Ill have to leave you without many words tonight... enjoy

#plusphotoextract   #textureblendphotography   #D800   #sunset   #hdrphotographyPhoto: The PalousePhoto: *Rollin' - Palouse, Washington*
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I have not announced it on here yet, but there is a new *Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop* opened up. In these workshops you will learn exactly how I process all my star shots, from beginning to end. Just head over to that page and reserve a spot. 4 have sold already and there are 5 left. Full details Here: http://bit.ly/10k5yEj

My new website is getting closer & closer to being completed which is really exciting. The only issue is that I nitpick way to much and stress my stuff out about non-sense for no reason. None the less, when it's done, the results are gonna be awesome! Well at least I think they will;)


*The Shot*
The D800 first landed in my hands a year and a half or so ago, a few days after that I snapped this shot in the Palouse Region of WA. The rolling hills and colors bring photographers from all around the world to this area in June and July. You can see the dust from the tractors in the fields looking very closely.Photo: Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself--->  www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062

The Shot
Man the Palouse is awesome, the light that this place displays on any given morning is really intense, and you are almost guaranteed to get some good shots. Prepare for a swarm of people to be at the top as well. I always sleep on an air mattress in the back of my car at the very bottom right next to the gate. This allows me to wake up and make it to the top before anyone else.

This particular morning was amazing, light in all directions, I was running around like a mad man for an hour getting a bunch of fun shots.

TIPS: Post Processing
As you may have noticed in lieu of tips, sometimes I just have a discussion off the top of my head. As an engineer I over analyze everything, along with life in general. So my brain never stops going full speed. Sometimes it sucks, sometimes its all good. Anyways, when it comes to post processing, I really enjoy pushing the limits sometimes. I just don't always publish the shots on Flickr. I have the most fun when I can just sit at my computer, blast some electronic music and let the art flow. After 3-4 hour and 2-3 pictures I normally have some stuff that I feel is awesome, and want to share with the world right away. I have to force myself not to share it. In the back of my head I know there will be small touch ups to make in the next 24 hours. Normally revisiting your work a day latter will help you improve it dramatically.

I've decided to start sharing a picture a day on Flickr from now on to force myself to process more pics and become a better photographer. This comes with my decision to travel to a new country of the world every three months, from now until my around the world trip starts in 2015. Lots of fun to come…. Can not wait to share it:)

Enjoy….

Details/Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and Quick Release Clamp + Nikon D800 L-Bracket


#plusphotoextract   hosted by +Jarek Klimek 
#steptoebuttePhoto: Seattle Super MoonPhoto: The VistaPhoto: Golden Dreams - Goldendale, Washington
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I am counting down with excitement the days until I leave for Italy. Thanks for all the great suggestions on places to visit everyone, I really appreciate it. For any of you that may be interesting in buying some of my photography to hang on your wall I made a quick and easy video to walk you through the steps. Any of the pictures that I post on here can be purchased.
http://youtu.be/XrlDWL_Hz9I


The Shot
This one comes from my first trip to the Columbia Gorge and the first time shooting with my Nikon D800. I took it exactly a year ago this week in the Golden Dale area of Washington.


#blackandwhitephotography   #photography   #D800Photo: Castles in the Sky

As always all photos can be found free to download in high resolution at www.dmcustomcreations.com/Bestof/Portfolio

This shot was taken at the Crown Point Vista House just East of Portland. I highly recommend visiting this location as well as the Women’s Forum which is right down the road and gives a great vantage point of the river and the Vista House and Columbia River Gorge.

Details/Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and Quick Release Clamp+ Nikon D800 L-Bracket

#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: Impending Doom - Seattle, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

First off, thanks for all the Bday love everyone!

Wow what a weekend in the Pacific Northwest, the weather was absolutely perfectly, especially for star photography I made a trip down to Oregon & the Mount Hood Region to capture the Milky Way, along the way we were able to make the hikes to Dry Creek Falls and Tamanawas Falls, both well worth the 4-5 mile round trip hikes. I have also added the newest date for my Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops, so grab a spot:)
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/01/under-stars-post-processing-group.html

The Shot
Sometimes the weather here in Seattle gets a bit funky, at times it's absolutely amazing for photography. Here is a shot from Kerry park, looking the oposite directly that most people normally do.

#starphotography   #starphotographyworkshops   #Seattle   #hdrphotographyPhoto: The Holy TrinityPhoto: As We EnterPhoto: Three Seconds NoticePhoto: Morning StarPhoto: Photo: Sundown on Second Beach
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

I just put together a list of all my photography gear and some other fun toys you may find interesting…. Check it out:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/11/gadgets-gear-other-good-stuff.html

The Shot
Just went through 2 Tiesto's Club Life sessions and 5 pictures. 2 of them suck but oh well.... This shot is from Second Beach way back when I still shot a Canon 7D, well I guess that was only 10 months ago. In photoshop learning years its a lifetime. Anyone have some fun PS tutorials for me? I need some new skills.

#secondbeach   #HDR   #travel   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Group Two
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Sometimes I get in the mood to use a lot of HDR post processing techniques, this was one of those times.. To learn more about how I process these shots check out my Post Processing Before & After Page
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2012/10/post-processing-before-after.html

#plusphotoextract   #sunset   #HDR   #hdrphotography   #oceanPhoto: Break Water - La Push, WA
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

The weather if finally turning nice in Seattle, well at least for now. As Thursday rolls around it's time to make plans for the usual weekend photography trip & I need some ideas for places to shoot. The last 8 weekends have been spent on the roads of the Pacific Northwest capturing shots and camping, so maybe it's time for a break... Doubt it!

The Shot
Another shot from the Canon 7D which I still think is a great camera, it's just not D800 great...

#lapush   #hdrphotography   #travelPhoto: Out to Sea: f-stop TIPS included

I shared this shot on Flickr a while back, but forgot to share it on here..

The Shot
This was taken early one morning on Rialto Beach in La Push WA. Man what an awesome place, I may have even geo-tagged the location so you can find it yourself. Good luck hunting...

TIPS: f-Stop control
For most of us that have been taking pictures for a while, aperture setting seems to be a simple thing. But have you really played around with it and found out what works best? Most lenses have a "sweet spot" aperture setting for sharpness, and not its not f/32 or something crazy like that. Unless I am looking to produce some light trails,smooth and silky water, or a sun flair, I normally play within the realms of f/4-f/8 for landscape photography. Going much higher for a larger DOF does not always work in your favor.

One of the best ways to find out what works is to experiment. Next time you go for a shoot, take the same shot several different times and vary your aperture. See what you like and stick with it.

Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself--->  www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062

Enjoy….

Details/Equipment:
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6

#plusphotoextract  hosted by +Jarek KlimekPhoto: SundownPhoto: Come Join UsPhoto: SPACEPhoto: Painted in LightPhoto: Share for Free Photography

First (5) people to share this get a FREE full size download of this image:) You can also find many other free hi res downloads at www.DMCustomCreations.com

I just got back from a great weekend at Ultra Music Festival in Miami Florida. My vacations/relax time always seems to include absolutely no sleep. Recovering and doing absolutely nothing all day today.

Enjoy a photo...

Details/Equipment:
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Sigma 10 mm - 20 mm - F/4.0-5.6
Tripod: Oben AC-1310 Tripod w/ Ball Head

#MyTownTuesday hosted by +Melanie Kintz and +Eric Leslie 
#plusphotoextract hosted by +Jarek Klimek 

#hdrphotography #seattle #sunsetPhoto: Last LightPhoto: Photo: Golden Gardens SunsetPhoto: Curtain CallPhoto: The Lone Ranger
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com

Snapped this one off at Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island. Over all it is a great place to walk around or shoot a sunset.

You can find the location to this spot in my Pacific Northwest Top 50 Set on Flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daves-f-stop/sets/72157629638619062/

#plusphotoextract   #blackandwhitephotography   #silverefexpro2Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Good Mornin' Xi'an - Xi'an, China
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I visited Xi'an China a while back, at that time I was just learning and snapping off shots with my Canon Rebel. Lots of these shots I still have not processed so it is always fun to go back and time with some photoshop action...
Here is the full blog post and full size picture:
http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/03/good-mornin-xian-xian-china.html

#china   #textureblendphotography   #textures   #xian   #china   #plusphotoextractPhoto: Enter the Dragon
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There are so many moments I capture while traveling through cities and different interesting locations around the world. Using my camera I try to capture the "heartbeat" of these places. I have included these pictures in my "Snapshots in Time" Gallery over at Smugmug. I will continue to add lots of shots over the next couple of weeks.

http://www.davemorrowphotography.smugmug.com/Bestof/Snapshots-in-Time

#nikon #shanghai #china #photographyPhoto: Shanghai SkylinePhoto: Photo: Speeding Through Shanghai: Official winner of Travel and Leisure Magazine's 2010 photo contest.Photo: The BundPhoto: Snapshots in Time: Down the Rabbit Hole
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There are so many moments I capture while traveling through cities and different interesting locations around the world, using my camera I try to capture the "heartbeat" of these places.
The following pictures represent the feelings and moments in time, these are my Snapshots in Time.

You can find more of these shots at my Snapshots in Time Gallery
www.davemorrowphotography.smugmug.com/Bestof/Snapshots-in-Time

The Shot
This was taken early one morning near the top of Mt. Hau which is located a few hours by high speed train outside Xi'an China. There are tons of wild Youtube videos of this place that are very interesting to check out.

#huashan   #canon   #travel   #china   #photographyPhoto: Climbing in the HeavensPhoto: Photo: Guarding the SunsetPhoto: Exploring an old prison in Philadelphia..Photo: 5AM Kerry ParkPhoto: Jack's Friends - Desolation Peak, WA
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Holding onto pictures a long time prior to processing is never a bad thing. This is one of the first shots I ever took with a DSLR way back from 2010ish up North in Desolation Peak Washington. One of my favorite authors Jack Kerouac spent a summer at the fire tower on top of the peak. Do you have a favorite Jack Kerouac Book? Mine is easily On the Road, I know it's now trendy, but damn what a good read.

The Shot
Mount Hozomeen can be seen in the far distance looming in the clouds and shaking up weather systems in all directions. Sometimes storms will roll in so fast that you barely have time to grab a camera or better yet shelter from the storm.

#desolationpeak   #hdrphotography   #TravelPhoto: In search of an early morning coffee after a great sunrise in Manhattan New York...Photo: Night falls on the Vista House in Oregon....Photo: www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com